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New Jersey Civil Court Rules Update

Gann Legal Education Foundation

Saturday, September 23, 2017(9am-12:40pm)

New Jersey Civil Court Rules Update
A Review of Rule Changes & Recent Court Decisions


The Crystal Ballroom - Located at the Ramada Plaza,
160 Frontage Road, Newark, New Jersey 07114

Seminar Handout


Former Justice Peter G. Verniero, Judge Karen M. Cassidy, A.J.S.C. (Union), Judge Robert A. Fall, J.S.C. (On Recall) & Gerald H. Baker, Esq.

*Panels & Outlines subject to change without notice up to the day of seminar.

Bonus Seminar

Earn 1.2 NJ MCLE Credits earlier that morning - FREE OF CHARGE - 8AM-9AM

Addresses online access to Gann treatises and explains how the Gann treatises may be used for continuing legal education purposes. The updating of the books through the 'Whats New' and email alert devices makes sure that the online treatises are as up to date as possible, literally current through the release of new cases by the courts in electronic versions. Thus, the continuing legal education is brought right up to the time of use of the online product.

Bonus Seminar Outline

Joseph M. Finnin


This program had been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.2 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, one qualifies as a credit hour for ethics/professionalism, and 0 qualify as hours of credit toward attorney certification.

About the Presenters

Peter G. Verniero

Peter G. Verniero is a member of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., in Newark, N.J. Prior to joining that firm in 2004, he served for ten years in senior positions within the executive and judicial branches of state government, including chief counsel and then chief of staff to Governor Christine Todd Whitman, state Attorney General and Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Verniero has served on numerous Supreme Court committees, including as chair of the Professional Responsibility Rules Committee and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education. He is currently vice chair of the Civil Practice Committee. His essays on legal or judicial subjects have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Star-Ledger of Newark and elsewhere. He serves on the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Verniero graduated summa cum laude from Drew University in 1981, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1984. He served as a law clerk to Justice Robert L. Clifford of the New Jersey Supreme Court during its 1984-1985 term.

Hon. Robert A. Fall

Robert A. Fall is a 1973 Dean's List graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. After a period of private practice, Judge Fall was appointed as a Superior Court Judge in 1986, where he served in the Family Part, becoming Presiding Judge in 1989. In 1998, Judge Fall was elevated to the Appellate Division, where he served until his retirement in 2006. During his judicial tenure, Judge Fall was the author of more than 50 reported decisions, many of them addressing issues of Family Law.

Judge Fall served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Practice Committee from 1987 until his retirement; as a member of the Statewide Domestic Violence Working Group from 1990 through 1998; as Chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee until 2006; and was the author, chair and presenter of the Comprehensive Judicial Orientation Program for newly-assigned Family Part Judges.

Judge Fall is currently on Judicial Recall service in Ocean County, hearing a variety of matters, including matrimonial cases, and is Chair of the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Malpractice Insurance. Judge Fall is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar.

Gerald H. Baker

Gerald Baker is one of the most able and high-profile personal injury attorneys in the nation. Animated, ever cheerful and possessing a great sense of purpose, Baker has deep roots in fighting for the legal rights of workers and victims of negligence. Son of the prominent, street-smart Hoboken attorney Nathan Baker, Jerry has his own pedigree – he went to Cornell University and later Yale Law School. (“It’s all I knew and all I ever wanted to do,” says Baker about becoming an attorney.) Jerry’s father represented immigrant families of longshoremen and seamen and built a reputation as a leading admiralty law attorney.

By 1982 Jerry had succeeded his father as managing partner of the firm, which was founded in the 1920s. Over the years, Baker’s cases have included groundbreaking personal-injury cases, and major high-profile claims as well. He has represented the families of TWA Flight 800, Korean Airlines Flight 007 and Egyptair Flight 990. Such cases routinely led to seven-figure settlements, and bolstered Baker’s reputation as one of the nation’s leaders of personal-injury law.

In 2002, he obtained a verdict of $53 million against Conrail in a wrongful death case representing the family of a conductor who was survived by a wife and two young children. This was the largest wrongful death verdict in the history of New Jersey and one of the top 50 verdicts in the United States in 2002. Baker is New Jersey’s foremost expert on automobile insurance and he has argued many cases as amicus curiae on behalf of ATLA-NJ and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Baker’s wood-paneled office, cluttered with case files, looks out over the Hudson river and New York City. (On the morning of September 11, Baker was on the last subway train to pass under The World Trade Center; today he represents, at no charge, the families of several 9/11 victims.) Indeed, Baker is passionate about his profession’s abiding virtue – that of affecting social justice and social change.

His firm’s four partners all focus on personal-injury law, and each year they handle scores of cases, including aviation, automobile, railroad, products liability, medical malpractice and maritime law. He was born, raised and resides in New Jersey.

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  Price Each  
Live Seminar $150.00  
PA Credit $4.50
Attending 8AM Bonus Seminar - CLE in NJ

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Credit Information

4 NJ MCLE Credits* - 4 NY Credits (via approved jurisdiction policy) - 3 PA Credits

*This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and four qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law.

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