NJILGA - New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys

NJILGA Will Present CLE Programs in Atlantic City
Atlantic City at night

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) will present a full slate of CLE programs on November 19 & 20, 2014, at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.  A complete listing of the scheduled programs that will be presented, as well as the CLE credits available, is shown at the link below. All CLE programs are free to registrants of the League Convention. The 2014 schedule of programs is attached.


NJILGA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Click here for more information..    



NJILGA Seeks Nominations
for the William F. Cox Award



The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award

The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys is seeking nominations for "The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award".  This is an annual award given by the Institute to a member of the
New Jersey bar who has demonstrated excellence in the field of public sector law and has contributed time and effort to advance the interests of municipal law. Nominations for this award may be made on the application on the reverse side of this notice. Deadline for receipt of nominations is October 10, 2014.
Click here for application that should be sent to:

EDWARD J. BUZAK Nominating Committee
Institute of Local Government Attorneys
150 River Road, Suite N-4
Montville, NJ 07045

Employment Opportunity

Municipal Attorney / Public Law

Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC – Lyndhurst, NJ

Northern New Jersey law firm seeking seasoned Municipal attorney admitted to the NJ Bar with a minimum of 5 years’ experience.

Candidate should have excellent research and writing skills and experience in representation of municipal governing bodies, including attendance at public meetings, experience in Open Public Meetings Act and Open Public Record Act issues and preparation of ordinances and resolutions. Candidate should be knowledgeable of the Local Public Contracts Law, review of and preparation of contracts, and civil service and collective bargaining agreements. Candidate should also have experience with purchase and sale of municipal properties and preparation of leases.

When submitting resume, please provide writing sample and salary requirement.

Address email subject line as: Municipal Attorney Candidate
Resumes can be sent to info@scarincihollenbeck.com - posted 10/22/14

NJILGA Baseball Event a SuccessLakewood Blue Claws Stadium
The Institute held its annual baseball event on July 10, 2014 at the Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood. Members and guests enjoyed a picnic prior to the baseball game.  Event Chairman Ray Bolanowski reports that the weather was great and the sold-out event included numerous children.  The Blue Claws were victorious over the Delmarva Shorebirds by a score of 5-4.  Thanks to Ray and the other members who worked on this event.

Day at Monmouth Track Enjoyed by Members and Guests

Winning Jockey Trevor McCarthy is congratulated by (L to R) Immediate Past President Michael Rubin, Trustee Michele Donato, Past President Peter Jost, and Trustee and Event Chairman Nick Montenegro.  Members and guests enjoyed a complimentary buffet luncheon and a panoramic view of the track in the air-conditioned Parterre Box.  A great time was had by all.  Winnings and losses are not subject to OPRA !  Many thanks to Chairman Nick Montenegro and his office for their excellent handling of this event.
Click here for the full action picture!


Honoring John J. McKniff
NJILGA Honors John J. McKniff  -- On December 4, 2013, NJILGA Past President, A. Michael Rubin, Senior Trustee, William J. Kearns and First Vice President, Robert F. Renaud journeyed to Wayne, New Jersey to present a resolution honoring John J. McKniff, Esq. at a meeting of the Wayne Township Council, where Mr. McKniff has served as Assistant Township Attorney since 1988. Read more...

Michael A. Pane Ethics In Government Award To Be Preserved
Michael A Pane Sr
Michael A. Pane Sr.
Michael A Pane Jr
Michael A Pane Jr.

Following the recent untimely death of Michael A. Pane, Jr., arrangements have been made with the Pane family to continue the Michael A. Pane Ethics in Government Award. Read more 

The Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law Program of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys is now being offered in cooperation with the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. The Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law expires in five years from the date of completion of the course requirements of the program. In order to renew the Diplomate, an individual must have completed 30 hours of continuing legal education. A course and/or seminar taken to satisfy the mandatory continuing legal education requirements of the Supreme Court qualify for credit toward the 30 hours. Renewal applications may be downloaded here. Any questions should be directed to Trishka Waterbury Cecil at : (609) 921-6543, or trishka@mgplaw.com

Bulletin Archive


Welcome to the NJILGA website. We use this medium to effectively communicate with our members as well as provide them updated information on topics related to muncipal law. Back issues of the Local Government Law Review are available in the member area of the website. NJILGA also provides opportunities for its members to earn CEU credits at our seminars and network with others in our profession at our social events..

If you have items of interest, comments, changes of content or other topics that you would like to contribute to the website, please contact Peter Jost, directly at peterjostatty2@gmail.com.

Please consider joining us if you are not currently a member. We welcome new members who share our interests.

Trishka Waterbury Cecil, President 

What Do You Miss
If You Are Not A Member Of NJILGA?

For one thing, Trishka Waterbury Cecil’s Annual Municipal Law Year-End Review, which contains an outline of 2013’s most important local government cases in New Jersey.  If you were able to attend our CLE programs at the League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City, you were able to receive a copy of Trishka’s Year-End Municipal Law Review. 

If you were unable to attend the CLE programs, you can still access the 2013Year-End Review, but only in the Members Section!  So why not join NJILGA today, to receive this and many other benefits, including: (find out more)

Members Area
Diplomate Certificate Course
New Jersey Municipalities Magazine


Edward W. PurcellAt the September 30, 2014 NJILGA Trustees meeting in New Brunswick, NJLM Associate Counsel Edward W. Purcell lead a roundtable discussion of the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Tumpson v City of Hoboken, 218 NJ 450 (2014).  Purcell analyzed the facts and holdings of Tumpson, decided July 31, 2014 which concerned the Hoboken Municipal Clerk’s refusal to file a rent-control referendum petition challenging Ordinance Z-88, which limited the remedies for tenants living in rent-controlled units who seek recoupment for rent overcharges. 

The Court held the Clerk’s rejection of the referendum petition which he alleged failed to contain the required number of valid signatures, was a violation of the right of referendum guaranteed by the Faulkner Act.  More importantly, the Supreme Court overruled the Appellate Division and held that the failure of the City of Hoboken to file the petition was a violation of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, NJSA 10:6-2(c), and awarded the prevailing party  attorney’s fees for the deprivation of a substantive right protected by the Civil Rights Act. 

Trustees present, including Senior NJILGA Trustee and League General Counsel, William J. Kearns, Jr., followed with a roundtable discussion of the implications of the Court’s ruling, and whether the Court’s ruling in Tumpson is potentially applicable to other types of cases, or whether the holding is unique to the facts of this case. 

Purcell joined NJLM as Staff Attorney in May, 2013 and as such advises NJLM and its membership on a number of legal issues.  He received his B.A. in History from Rowan University and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law at Camden.  Municipal Attorneys having questions about the above case may contact Ed Purcell at the League. Mr. Purcell can be reached at epurcell@njslom.org.


NJILGA Trustee Donald Scarinci and Scarinci Hollenbeck have created two valuable online resources:


The Constitutional Law Reporter is a pro bono website, which was officially launched in October 2012. It is an educational tool and a legal resource for students, law schools, and academics who are interested in the United States Constitution, in landmark Constitutional cases, and in the legal analyses of historical and current topics in Constitutional law. Its interactive United States Constitution is unlike anything else on the web. The full text of the Constitution is placed alongside of a plain language translation written by Cathy Travis and reprinted with permission. The creative use of hyperlinks allows the reader to peel back the document in order to reveal its complexities in an easy and rewarding way. The website includes a blog that is updated once a week with articles pertaining to case law or current events.
There is also an external news feed that links to the very best articles from law professors, scholars, and news writers, making the site a valuable destination for people who want to stay current and informed.

In addition to the news feed and the annotated Constitution, the website features an easy-to-navigate listing of U.S. Supreme Court cases, which includes the formal court ruling, the author of the majority opinion, and a separate analysis of the case. The latter provides readers with a succinct overview of the proceedings, as well as the key points of the case and the potential implications of the ruling.


Scarinci Hollenbeck maintains a blog on Government and Law, which was also created in 2012. The attorneys in the Firm's public practice group regularly update the blog with posts pertaining to the State of New Jersey. These articles detail legal updates, policy changes, new ordnances, and other matters involving local government. Please watch the 2 minute Government and Law Introduction video here:


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