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MORRIS LAWYER January, 2012

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MCBA PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
2012 - A YEAR OF SERVICE

By Allan J. Iskra, Esq.

I am honored and privileged to serve the Morris County Bar Association as the President for 2012. As I focus on my own goals for the coming year and reflect on some of the projects we began as an Association in 2011 a clear trend of service has emerges. I look forward to continuing and strengthening this trend.

In 2011, in partnership with Morris County Assignment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck, we worked to develop a pilot program of service to self represented litigants, aptly named, The Self Help Resource Project at the Morris County Courthouse. The initial focus of the project will be self represented litigants in the Family Part Section of the Morris County Superior Court. Training for family law attorneys who have volunteered to assist self represented litigants on procedural issues has begun and the first counseling sessions will begin in the second week in February. MCBA Past President Brian Fruehling and Trustees, Mark Wechsler, Robin Bogan and Stephanie Hagan deserve our thanks for their incredible efforts to organize this effort. Countless hours of thought, planning, drafting and meeting went into this effort. The success and growth of this program will be a major focus of the MCBA this year.

In addition, we look forward to developing a potential legal clinic for the Hispanic community in a joint project with Morris County Office of Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA). This project will provide assistance and counsel to members of the Hispanic community in particular areas of legal concern and need. The process of gathering information about the needs of the community has already begun and we hope to begin running the clinic in the late spring or early summer. I thank my fellow committee members, Past President Bob Hollingshead and MCBF Trustee member Gordon Graber.

We also hope to establish a MCBA Pro Bono Committee to work with the Court to formalize the Court's accommodations to volunteer attorneys and to make the volunteer services that exist more effective. We hope to encourage more attorneys to join the pro bono community. We look forward to working with Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey to develop this program.

By pursuing these goals we hope to make the practice of law more rewarding for our membership by connecting us to the ideals that attracted us to practice of law intially. We hope these good efforts will renew and strengthen the public sense of trust in the law and in lawyers.

I wish you all a successful and rewarding year and look forward to serving you.

Morris County Bar Association Enjoys Another Successful Year

As 2011 comes to a close so does the calendar year for the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation. The Trustees of both organizations are happy to report this has been another exciting and successful year during which the Association relocated its offices to a new and inviting space at 245 South Street in Morristown. In addition to this exciting change the MCBA continued to offer a full slate of courses to attorneys as a pre-approved provider of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Courses in New Jersey. The feedback from attendees of these courses continues to be overwhelmingly positive. Attorneys report that the courses have given excellent content in convenient locations at a very competitive price. We have also celebrated the careers of three retiring Judges, including Morris County Assignment Judge, The Honorable B. heodore Bozonelis. The Honorabel W. Hunt Dumont and The Honorable Christine Miniman. We also welcomed Assignment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck . As always, we gathered for numerous social events. Photos from all of the wonderful events of 2011 can be viewed at www.morriscountybar.com

The members of the MCBA continued our practice of paying it forward by raising considerable funds for the Morris County Bar Foundation. The proceeds of those fundraising efforts were distributed to several worthy charities in January, 2012.

The Trustees and staff of the MCBA and foundation are thankful for a very prosperous and succesfful 2011 and we look forward to a terrific year in 2012.

MCBA Elects the slate of Officers and Trustees for 2012 at
the Annual Holiday Party

The Morris County Bar Association hosted its Annual Holiday Party and Bar Meeting. The only item of business on the agenda was the election of the Officers and Trustees of the Association for 2012. The election of the slate of candidates was unanimous. Allan J. Iskra was installed as President at the Annual Installation Dinner which was held at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. The following members were installed as officers: Mark Wechsler, President-elect, John P. Robertson, First Vice President, Diana C. Manning, Second Vice President, Robin Bogan, Treasurer, Patrick Galligan, Secretary, Brian Fruehling, Immediate Past President. The following members were installed as Trustees: Joseph Cadicina, Julian Hill and Kurt Krauss as the newest Trustees. They join Christopher Garibian, Stephanie F. Hagan, Devanshu Modi, James Porfido, Patricia Roche, Jane Simpson, John Paul Velez, Jennfier Vuotto, Linda Mainenti Walsh, (Trustees) Timothy Ford and Melissa Ruvolo, (Young Lawyer Co-Chairs and William Krais (State Bar Trustee).

The Holiday Party was well attended and served as a great opportunity to network, socialize and wind down during the hectic Holiday Season.

Visit www.morriscountybar.com to see all of the pictures.

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Foundation President Mark Wechsler, Assistant Prosecutor, Tom Zelante and Hon. Thomas Weisenbeck, A.J.S.C.

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President, Brian Fruehling and
Past President Bob McAndrew.

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President Elect Allan Iskra with a new member, Trustee, Jennifer Vuotto and Trustee elect,

Morris County Bar Foundation Awards Grants for 2011

Thanks to the generosity of individual Morris County Bar Association members and the results of Morris County Bar Foundation fundraising efforts, the following Morris area non-profit organizations recently received financial grants from the Morris County Bar Foundation.

Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Language Services Initiative (LSI) which provides legal services for low-income people with limited English proficiency, received a $6,000 grant.Deirdre's House, established to provide counseling and medical services to children who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect and who have witnessed domestic violence, received a $4,000 grant. Women's Center @ County College of Morris, whose missions is to encourage job readiness and to provide training for displaced homemakers, victims of domestic abuse, and single mothers, received a $2,500 grant.The Court Appointed Special Advocates For Children program received a grant of $1,500 to be used to provide training and education to staff who provide support and legal advocacy for children in out-of-home placement who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect. In addition to this grant CASA was the recipient of one-half of the proceeds ($8,000.00) from the MCBF 2011 Annual Lawyers Run for Kids 5k.Family Services of Morris County received a grant of $1,500 to assist in its program to provide Community education and awareness about legal issues affecting seniors and their caregiving families. The Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc. received a $637.00 grant to assist in its efforts to foster an increased awareness, appreciation and knowledge of law and the legal system in the community. The recipients are pictured below with Mark Wechsler (MCBF President, 2011, Brian Fruehling, MCBA President, 2011, The Honorable Thomas Weisenbeck, and Nancy Bangiola, Executive Director, MCBA/MCBF.

Through these grants The Morris County Bar Association and Foundation continue to promote the capacity of the Bar for public service in assisting these worthy organizations as they provide service to the community.

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Morris County Bar Association Welcomes 2012 President Allan J. Iskra
as well as the new slate of Officers and Trustees.

The members of Morris County Bar Association gathered on January 19, 2012 at the Annual Installation Dinner to install Allan J. Iskra as 2012 MCBA President along with the Officers and Trustees who were elected to serve this year. John P. Robertson was also installed as The Morris County Bar Foundation President. Outgoing President Brian Fruehling thanked his fellow Trustees for making 2011 such a success and offered special thanks to Immediate Past President, Debra Weisberg, and Trustees Lauren Borrone and Anthony Della Pelle, all of whom have completed their terms of service to the Board. The MCBA welcomed Joseph Cadicina, Julian Hill and Kurt Krauss as the newest Trustees. They join, Mark Wechsler, John P. Robertson, Diana Manning, Robin C. Bogan, and Patrick Galligan (executive board members) and Christopher Garibian, Stephanie F. Hagan, Devanshu Modi, James Porfido, Patricia Roche, Jane Simpson, John Paul Velez, Jennfier Vuotto, Linda Mainenti Walsh, (Trustees) Timothy Ford and Melissa Ruvolo, (Young Lawyer Co-Chairs and William Krais (State Bar Trustee).

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Left to right: Brian J. Fruehling, Allan J. Iskra and the Honorable Anne Patterson, Associate Justice, NJ Supreme Court

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Left to right: Allan Iskra, Allan J. Iskra
and the Honorable Thomas Weisenbeck.

Robert McAndrew Awarded Professionalism Award for Morris County 2011

Robert McAndrew was honored as 2011 Professional Lawyer of the Year for Morris County at luncheon hosted by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Bob McAndrew is a Past President of the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation. He remains and active participant in the Foundation and is a frequent lecturer for MCBA Continuing Legal Education Programs. Bob completed his undergraduate education at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and received his law degree from Seton Hall Law School with honors, in 1978. While in law school, Bob served as an assistant editor of the Seton Hall Law Review.

After a clerkship with the Hon. Mark A. Sullivan, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Bob embarked on his legal career. Over the past thirty-plus years, he has focused his practice almost exclusively on litigation. He is admitted to the practice of law in both New Jersey and New York. He is also admitted to, and has handled matters before the United States District Court for the Districts of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Bob's practice includes the prosecution of professional liability claims (primarily legal malpractice), commercial litigation and insurance coverage litigation. He is frequently called upon to serve as an expert in cases involving legal malpractice. In addition to this, over the course of his career, he has had significant experience in real estate, estate litigation and personal injury matters.

Bob is a member of the New Jersey State and Morris County Bar Associations. He has served by appointment of the New Jersey Supreme Court as a member of the District X Ethics Committee and, in 2008, as the first Chair of District XB. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Northwest Jersey Legal Services and is a current member of the Morris and Sussex Vicinage Minority Concerns Committee. He is a past Chair and current member of the MCBA Civil Practice Committee. He is member of the list of certified arbitrators for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey for the Newark vicinage and is also frequently retained for private mediation.

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