Women Litigators' Luncheon

Thursday, November 15, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Hilton Meadowlands Hotel
East Rutherford, NJ


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Program Co-Chairs:

Christine V. Lafferty, Esq.
Rosner Law Offices, P.C.
Vineland, NJ
Stephanie M. Lockspeiser, Esq.
Stark & Stark
Princeton, NJ

Finding Your Voice and Using it to Help Others

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Sandra Simkins

Professor Simkins, is the Director and Co-founder of the Children’s Justice Clinic at Rutgers School of Law.  She is currently the Due Process Monitor for the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the Juvenile Court of Shelby County, Tennessee. In 2012 she received the Robert E. Shepard Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense. Her book, When Kids Get Arrested, What Every Adult Should Know, was released in 2009. In 2008, she was selected by the MacArthur Foundation to participate in the Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network. Her areas of expertize include post-disposition representation and conditions of confinement. 

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2006, she spent 15 years working in criminal and juvenile defense. She served as assistant chief of the Juvenile Unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, supervising and training a staff of 40, including 23 lawyers, to represent children in the juvenile justice system. Professor Simkins also was involved in a wide range of national and statewide policy reform for children. 

In 2009, she was selected as “Lawyering Professor of the Year” and in 2007 she received the “New Professor of the Year” award, both at the Rutgers School of Law – Camden. 

She also co-directs the Northeast Region Juvenile Defender Center, a subsidiary of the National Juvenile Defender Center, where she provides consultation and training to child advocates in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. 
In 2004, she was chosen by the MacArthur Foundation to partner with the Foundation's Juvenile Justice Aftercare Initiative in Pennsylvania,

In 2002, she was the recipient of the American Bar Association's Award for Outstanding Representation of Children. Professor Simkins has taught at the Criminal Defense Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and taught Juvenile Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Luncheon Schedule:
12:00 pm  -  Luncheon Begins
12:25 pm  -  Welcome
12:30 pm  -  Keynote Speaker: Professor Sandra Simkins
1:00 pm  -  Question & Answer
All members are invited to attend.
Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Mission:  The NJAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus seeks to advance the admirable and selfless philosophy in NJAJ’s mission, to provide positive role models as women trial lawyers, to broaden the membership base of NJAJ to include women by informing them of NJAJ’s membership services and mission, to provide a support system of women to network, socialize, form professional relationships and develop female leadership for NJAJ, to provide fellowship and mentorship to newly-licensed female lawyers who embark on a career of trial law, and to uphold the honor and dignity of the legal profession.
Seating is limited and pre-registration is recommended.

The lunch and program are free for those registered for the entire Meadowlands Seminar program.

There is a $35 fee for those who wish to attend this program solely.

This program is open to all seminar attendees.

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NJAJ has partnered with JerseyCares, a nonprofit organization, that recruits and engages volunteers in rewarding, effective efforts that address community-identified needs. 

The First Night Kit Program helps individuals in domestic violence shelters, transitional housing facilities, runaway safe havens, foster homes and other agencies with transitional populations in need of hygiene items on the "first night" of their stay. 

Please bring ONLY new, unopened items. Pajamas, T-shirts, socks and underwear must still have tags on. 

Items needed for First Night Kits include:

• Shampoo
• Conditioner
• Lotion
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Deodorant
• Combs and brushes
• Note pads and pens
• Calling cards (5 minutes or more)
• Pajamas (sizes for children and adults)
• T-shirts
• Socks
• Underwear
• Gallon-size zip lock bags
• New/unopened small toys (for children's kits)

Please bring these items to Registration or the
Women Litigators’ Luncheon to donate to this worthy cause!

ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Meadowlands Seminar 2018 features 19 seminars over three days. The advantage of this unique format is that you may move from seminar to seminar, hearing different topics as desired and thereby creating a seminar tailored to your specific needs.

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If you join the New Jersey Association for Justice when registering for the Meadowlands Seminar 2018 you will receive the Member registration fee ($200 less than the non-member rate) and as a part of this special offer you will receive an additional $100 off of the registration fee. Join NJAJ.

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New Jersey - (0.60 Credits)
New York - (0.60 Credits)
Pennsylvania - (N/A)

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Registration is complimentary for the seminar.
Pre-registration is required.

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on November 9, 2018.


Onsite Registration: 
An additional $25 will be added to all program fees for onsite registration.

Friday, November 9th is the last day for a refund (minus $20).
All cancellations must be in writing.

After Friday, cancellations and no shows will receive a credit (minus $20)
automatically good for 1 year for a future seminar or an on-demand seminar at 


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