Criminal Law

Bridgegate, Bail Reform and 
Cutting Edge Topics for the Criminal Practitioner 



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Thursday & Friday, April 27 & 28, 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm & 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Harrah's ResortAtlantic City, NJ

Program Co-Chairs:

Thomas P. Fischer, Esq. 
Broscious, Fischer & Zaiter 
Washington, NJ

Yaron Helmer, Esq. 
Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. 
Haddon Heights, NJ

Eileen M. O'Connor, Assistant Prosecutor 
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
Newark, NJ

Rubin M. Sinins, Esq. 
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins 
Springfield, NJ

Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, Esq. 
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer 
Woodbridge, NJ


Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am 
Continental Breakfast & Registration • Exhibit Hall

9:00 am - 9:30 am
President’s Address & Welcome
Michael G. Donahue, III, Esq. • Princeton, NJ
NJAJ Membership Meeting & Elections

9:30 am - 10:45 am
The Summons/Warrant Decision, Risk Assessments, and First Appearances:  
Mechanics and Strategies at the Earliest Stages

Christopher D. Adams, Esq. • Holmdel, NJ
Olajide A. Araromi, Esq. • West Orange, NJ
Jenny Kramer-Hall, Esq. • New York, NY
Stephen J. Bodnar
, Esq., Assistant Prosecutor • Mt. Holly, NJ

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Coffee Break • Exhibit Hall
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Detention Motions and Hearings: 
Critical Considerations for Prosecutors and Defense Counsel: Access and Right to Discovery, Subpoena Power, Admissible Evidence & Testimony, Form of Hearing and More

William J. Brennan, Esq., First Assistant Prosecutor • Salem, NJ
Judith B. Fallon, Esq.• Deputy Public Defender • Paterson, NJ

Yaron Helmer, Esq. • Haddon Heights, NJ
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch • Exhibit Hall
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Speedy Trial and “Excludable Time”: 
Practical and Constitutional Concerns When Defendants are Incarcerated

Hon. Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., (ret.) • Ocean, NJ
Eileen M. O'Connor, A.P. • Essex County Prosecutor's Office • Newark, NJ
Zahid N. Quraishi, Esq. • Morristown, NJ
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Movement of Cases After the “In or Out” Call is Made: Conferences and Motions, 
Escalating Pleas, Speedy Trial Priority, Non-Jail Case Management and More

Joseph C. Grassi, Esq. • Wildwood, NJ
Kevin Walker, Esq. • NJ State Office Of The Public Defender • Trenton, NJ 
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Coffee Break • Exhibit Hall
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Ethical Challenges in the Aftermath of Reform
Carol Novey Catuogno, Esq., Bergen County Prosecutor's Office • Hackensack, NJ
Remi L. Spencer, Esq. • West Orange, NJ 
Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, Esq. • Woodbridge, NJ
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Effective Appeals:
Emergent, Interlocutory and Other Means of Review

Frank J. Ducoat, Esq. • Essex County Prosecutor's Office • Newark, NJ 
Joseph J. Russo, Esq., Deputy Public Defender, Hudson Region • Jersey City, NJ
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception • Exhibit Hall
9:30 pm - 12:30 am
New Lawyers Section Party • The Pool at Harrah's
Friday, April 28, 2017
6:30 am - 8:30 am

Litigation at Sunrise

7:30 am - 9:00 am 

Continental Breakfast & Registration • Exhibit Hall

9:00 am - 10:30 am
DWI: Recent Cases and Practice Tips
John Dell'Aquilo, Esq. • Haddon Heights, NJ
Steven J. Petersen, Esq. • Haddon Heights, NJ
Robert J. Pinizzotto, Esq. • Hammonton, NJ
Joseph P. Rem, Jr., Esq. • Hackensack, NJ
Hon. H. Robert Switzer, Esq. • Egg Harbor Township, NJ

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Coffee Break • Exhibit Hall

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Navigating Parallel Proceedings:
The Challenges When Representing Clients in Simultaneous Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Matters

Sean J. Brennan, Assistant Prosecutor • Freehold, NJ
Henry E. Klingeman, Esq. • Newark, NJ
Lee D. Vartan, Esq. • New York, NY
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Expungement Reform: A Closer Look at New Jersey’s Current Law
Michael P. Koribanics, Esq. • Clifton, NJ
Michael L. Testa, Jr., Esq. • Vineland, NJ
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch • Exhibit Hall
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Prosecuting and Defending Public Officials: 
Lessons from the Bridgegate Investigation and Trial

Paul J. Fishman, Esq., (Former U.S. Atty.)
Zahid N. Quraishi, Esq. • Morristown, NJ
Alan L. Zegas, Esq. • Summit, NJ
Kate Zernike, National Correspondent • The New York Times • New York, NY
Moderator: Henry E. Klingeman, Esq. • Newark, NJ
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Coffee Break 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Prosecuting and Defending Public Officials:
Lessons from the Bridgegate Investigation and Trial

Paul J. Fishman, Esq., (Former U.S. Atty.)
Zahid N. Quraishi, Esq. • Morristown, NJ
Alan L. Zegas, Esq. • Summit, NJ
Kate Zernike, National Correspondent • The New York Times • New York, NY 
Moderator: Henry E. Klingeman, Esq. • Newark, NJ

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ethics & Professionalism in the Technology Age
Kevin M. Clark, Esq. • Freehold, NJ
Christopher M. Farella, Esq. • Newark, NJ
Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, Esq. • Verona, NJ
Darren M. Gelber, Esq. • Woodbridge, NJ

Ricardo Solano, Jr., Esq. • Newark, NJ

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ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Boardwalk Seminar 2017 features 32 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 Boardwalk Seminar 2017, 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.

MCLE Credits
New Jersey - (Earn 14.40 Credits/Earn 3.60 Ethics Credits)
New York - (Earn 14.0 Credits/Earn 3.0 Ethics Credits - pending)
Pennsylvania - (Earn 11.00 Credits/Earn 1.50 Ethics Credits - pending)

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the
Supreme Court of New Jersey for 14.40 hours of total CLE credit.

Of these, 3.60 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism,
and 10.80 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in 
criminal trial law.

Full-Time Judges, Full-Time Law School Professors, 
Judicial Law Clerks & Law Student Members.

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

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on April 21, 2017.
Each registrant will receive a flash drive  containing the course material onsite.

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

Friday, April 21st 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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