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Perspectives on Recent Changes and Updates in the Open Public Records Act, Common Law Right of Access, Caselaw, and GRC Regulations

Walter Luers will moderate a program, "Perspectives on Recent Changes and Updates in the Open Public Records Act, Common Law Right of Access, Caselaw, and GRC Regulations," at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference in Atlantic City in May 2023.

The panel, co-sponsored by the NJSBA's Media Law Committee, will address important changes in OPRA that have occurred since about January 2022. First, the panel will discuss the law regarding access to student records and how that law changed when the New Jersey Department of Education issued clarifying regulations that granted the public access to redacted student records. Second, in 2022, the Supreme Court opened the door to accessing internal affairs reports; the panel will discuss the impact that decision has had on transparency and access to internal affairs records. Third, the panel will discuss significant amendments to the regulations of the Government Records Council that changed both GRC procedures and requestors’ substantive rights. Fourth, the panel will discuss other updates to OPRA not covered by the first three topics.

Walter M. Luers

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Mediation Dos and Don'ts

Jeffrey Fiorello will be speaking on the panel of an NJICLE advanced mediation seminar, "Mediation Dos and Don't: Advocating for Your Clients at Mediation Post COVID-19" on January 23.

Jeffrey Fiorello

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Fiorello Recognized for Work on Child Support Legislation

On January 12, Jeffrey Fiorello (Vice Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association) was recognized, along with Sheryl Seiden (former Chair of the Family Law Section), by the New Jersey State Bar Association for their work on Child Support Legislation. They received the Distinguished Legislative Service Award for their work and achievements. Jeffrey has also chaired the NJSBA’s Legislative Committee for the last three years, working on legislation on many practice areas. 

Jeffrey Fiorello

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High School Mock Trial Program

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation has recognized the lawyer volunteers in its high school mock trial program, including Cohn Lifland's Walter Luers, who had the role of witness on the 1991 Bergen Catholic High School mock trial team, the year it won not only the New Jersey state compeittion, but  also the national championship. For over 10 years, he has volunteered as a competition judge and is now coach for his daughter's mock trial team.

Says Walter, "Coaching a team or judging a competition can help reinvigorate an attorney's love and faith in the practice of law. I keep coming back to volunteering for the mock trial program because I think it is important that lawyers show students that a legal career is built not just on hard work and perseverance, but also on teamwork, cooperation and public service."

Walter M. Luers

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All Wrapped Up

Once again, Cohn Lifland’s attorneys and staff embraced the holiday spirit and gave holiday gifts to more than 30 local people in need, through the Bergen Volunteer Center’s All Wrapped Up program.

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American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Amanda Trigg was recently installed as the Secretary of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the leader in family law continuing education, publications, networking and training.

Amanda S. Trigg

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Cohn Lifland Recognized by Best Law Firms

Once again Cohn Lifland has been regionally ranked in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings.* Our firm received a Tier 1 Ranking, the highest level, for the Metropolitan New Jersey area in the category of Commercial Litigation and received a Tier 2 Ranking for its Family Law practice.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

 

 

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

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The Future of Family: What the Trends Might Tell Us

Amanda Trigg will be the speaker at "The Future of Family: What the Trends Might Tell Us," a Zoom program hosted for the Fellows of the AAML Pennsylvania Chapter. To register, click here.

Amanda S. Trigg

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Alzeheimer's Walk 2022 - A Second Year of Achievement

Cohn Lifland is proud that our team, the Cohn Lifland Alz-Stars, raised $4,935 in the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Bergen/Passaic. 

Pictured are team members Christina Stripp, Maureen Woods, Amanda Trigg, Jackie Larsen, Barbara Blumberg and Erika Piccirillo.  In front: Taylor Ruggieri.

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Civil Motion Practice in Federal Court: Tips from the Bench

The Bergen County Bar Association is presenting "Civil Motion Practice in Federal Court: Tips from the Bench," a Continuing Legal Education Seminar. The event, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on November 2, will take place at Park 80 West, Plaza One, 250 Pehle Avenue in Saddle Brook.

The speakers will be:

  • Hon. Julien Xavier Neals, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey
  • Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey
  • Hon. Jessica S. Allen, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey
  • Hon. Edward S. Kiel, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey
  • Hon. Leda Dunn Wettre, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey

The program will be moderated by Matthew Gately.

To register, click here.

Matthew F. Gately