Why Join NJAJ?
Knowledge. Experience. Education. Advocacy. Resources. Value. Communication. You need all of these to ensure your success. Only the New Jersey Association for Justice, as the exclusive statewide association dedicated to trial lawyers, can deliver it.
Over 2,700 members in private practice and public service, paralegals, law clerks, law students and law school graduates not yet admitted to the bar have taken control of their future by joining our ranks. Through the Association, they stay current on critical issues facing the trial bar and the courts, leverage the experience of the membership, earn CLE credits through NJAJ sponsored opportunities, gain a voice in the State House and the courthouse, maintain communication with our growing network, and benefit from an ever-expanding offering of special values.
NJAJ. There is simply no better investment you can make in your practice and career.
NJAJ helps members stay current on the law and advance their practices with an ongoing calendar of stimulating seminars, dynamic hands-on workshops and online resources. Our programs are recognized for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania CLE credits.
Continuing Legal Education
A cornerstone of NJAJ's mission is to advance the education and skills of its members. Our Boardwalk Seminar features over 29 concurrent seminars on subjects such as personal injury, matrimonial, employment, workers' compensation and criminal law for both attorneys and support staff. Periodic seminars, on such topics as the new auto insurance law and tort law updates are offered to keep members on the cutting edge of new developments and legislation affecting their practice. Many of these programs feature exhibitions of products and services for the legal community.
Watch and listen to On-Demand programs right from your computer while earning your MCLE credits. You can earn your Ethics credits, General credits or browse our online programs.
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A nationwide online seminar service and archive for plaintiff lawyers created by participating state trial lawyer associations, including NJAJ. You can access seminar papers, articles, and speeches in audio format and discussion forums for each program, both past NJAJ seminars and those from other Trial Lawyer Associations around the country.
There is no substitute for experience. One of the greatest benefits of your NJAJ membership is immediate access to a large pool of attorneys with broad experience, niche areas of expertise, diverse points of view, and a statewide network of resources.
NJAJ offers List Servers for eight different practice areas plus an allied support staff and an Off-Topic list. If you join a List Server, you can e-mail questions about your cases, inquiries about experts and announcements that may be helpful to other members. When you join a List, you can send one e-mail to a specific e-mail address and your message is instantly e-mailed to every other NJAJ member on the List. It's like having 800 partners who can all be e-mailed at the same time for advice.
Case Evaluation and Strategy Clinics
The Clinics are designed to give an in-depth, confidential review of your specific pending case. The panelists, all experienced trial attorneys, will discuss theories of liability, damages, negotiation and trial strategies, experts, witness preparation, and discovery procedures.
Timely, accurate and comprehensive information is imperative to your success. As an NJAJ member, you will have access to an ever-growing library of online and disk-based resources, including TrialSmith. TrialSmith is the largest on-line litigation bank on the Internet with more than 500,000 depositions, with more than 9 million database items reference experts and case topics linking plaintiff lawyers to critical information including depositions, expert leads, trial testimony of experts, verdict settlement data and more. Designed by plaintiff lawyers, TrialSmith was the first archive in the nation giving plaintiff lawyers online access to deposition transcripts 24-hours a day from their computer or mobile device.
NJAJ's free document exchange library is located online in the CourtDocs section of TrialSmith.com. The library provides NJAJ members with a free online repository for uploading, storing and searching through private briefs, interrogatories, complaints, sample voir dire, etc. And access to NJAJ's CourtDocs is provided with a complimentary TrialSmith account giving you free access to NJAJ's CourtDocs and List Servs archives.
On June 15, 2019 the NJAJ Educational Foundation sponsored the Exposing Deceptive Defense Medicine 2019 seminar.
Registrants of that meeting received a USB 3.0 flash drive containing 1,700 transcripts of DME depositions, over
1,800 redacted reports of 600 Defense Experts and video depositions of 45 defense expert doctors.
The USB also includes materials from the 2013, 2015 & 2017 seminars. This USB is only available to Regular Members* (see definition below) of NJAJ at a cost of $595 plus tax. The USB 3.0 flash drive contains over 2,800 depositions and reports and 56 video depositions.
These depositions and reports are normally sold for $30 each (a $42,000 value).
Demonstrating that the sum is truly greater than its parts, NJAJ actively advocates for its members and their clients through lobbying at the state level and Amicus involvement in relevant cases.
Our Governmental Relations staff lobbies aggressively at the state level to protect the legal rights of the injured person; reduce auto insurance costs and create a fairer system for all New Jersey drivers by repeal of the No-Fault system; hold HMOs accountable for the medical decisions they make; and promote a safer environment at home, at work and at play.
Members may contact us for:
- Reports on bills as they move through the Legislature
- Information about legislators
- Updates and news from the State House
NJAJ advocates for you and your clients in the Courthouses. Our Amicus Committee and members of NJAJ participate in a significant number of important cases at both the Appellate level and in the Supreme Court for the benefit of NJAJ members and your clients. Amicus involvement in cases including Perreira v. Rediger, Lowe v. Zarghami, Miller v. Sperling, Cornblatt v. Dunphy, Burns v. Belafsky and Miller v. Estate are indicative of the outstanding work of the NJAJ members who advocate pro bono for the betterment of the civil justice system.
NJAJ advocates in the courts on important issues such as the JUA and AICRA regulations when necessary.
The NJAJ PAC is the political action committee of the New Jersey Association for Justice. Contributions to PAC are used to support candidates in state legislative races. Issues such as auto insurance reform, medical negligence, consumer rights and other issues of concern to members of NJAJ are part of our agenda in Trenton. Click here to join the NJAJ PAC.
NJAJ supports your marketing efforts with educational brochures and the Speakers Bureau.
Auto Insurance Brochures
Educate your clients about the new choices they have to make when purchasing automobile insurance. NJAJ's popular brochure "You May Not Have the Protection Your Think You Have" is available in both English and Spanish versions for use in your waiting room or for you to mail to your clients. You can personalize the brochure with your firm name.
Your NJAJ membership entitles you to free and discounted business services, special opportunities and purchases. A number of personal benefits are offered as well.
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- Employee Benefits including Medical, Dental and all ancillary line coverage’s.
- Exclusive 401-k plan with administrative fees waived for members.
- All areas of Disability insurance including exclusive discounts and guaranteed issue options for members.
- Life Insurance reviews including personal and corporate planning.
- Long Term Care insurance including exclusive discounts and guaranteed issue options for members.
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To facilitate rapid availability of information, communication between members, and convenient access to materials, we offer a dynamic Web site as well as monthly broadcast faxes, as needed.
NJAJ's monthly newsletter, In Brief, brings you all the latest news about legislative issues, trial and practice tips, and association and member news.
The Association's Web site, www.NJ-Justice.org, includes a wealth of information and services for members including:
- An online directory of members and NJAJ staff with e-mail addresses
- Educational calendar with listing of all continuing legal education seminars
- Online registration for all NJAJ seminars
- Listing of New Jersey legislators and the New Jersey media
- The NJAJ Store where members can purchase NJAJ merchandise and educational materials for themselves and their clients
- Current and back issues of NJAJ's newsletter, In Brief
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