NJILGA Invites Nominees for Stickel Award
The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys is seeking nominations for “The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award”. This is an annual award that has been created by the NJILGA to honor 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. Click here for additional information and application.
NJILGA invites Nominees for Griffin Award
The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys is seeking nominations for “The Gordon Griffin Award”. This is an annual award that has been created by the NJILGA to honor a member of the New Jersey bar who has demonstrated excellence in Municipal Law, exemplary service to the legal profession and municipalities and outstanding community service. Click here for additional information and application.
NJILGA Seeks Nominations for William Cox Award
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NJILGA TRUSTEES HONOR DRESSEL
NJLM Executive Director, William G. Dressel, Jr., was feted at the March 31, 2015 dinner meeting of NJILGA’s officers and trustees in New Brunswick. NJILGA President Bob Renaud, and Senior Trustee and League General Counsel Bill Kearns, presented Dressel with a Resolution of the Institute honoring him on the occasion of his impending retirement after 41 years of distinguished service to the League, and expressing the Institute’s deep appreciation, as a League affiliate, for his dedication and many achievements on behalf of New Jersey’s municipalities. See NJILGA Resolution attached.
MEMBERS AND GUESTS ENJOY DAY AT MONMOUTH TRACK
Winning jockey, Abel Castellano, Jr., is congratulated at NJILGA’s Day at the Races on Friday, August 7, 2015 by (L to R) NJILGA Past President, J. Peter Jost, NJILGA Member Daniel Bernstein and Karen Bernstein, NJILGA Secretary, Michele Donato and NJILGA Past President 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. Winnings and losses are not subject to OPRA ! Many thanks to Chairman Nick Montenegro and his office for their excellent handling of this event.
GILLESPIE RECEIVES 2015 HAINES AWARD
NJILGA 2nd Vice President John C. Gillespie has been named the 2015 recipient of the Burlington County Bar Association’s Haines Award, the association’s highest honor. Mr. Gillespie was recognized at a reception in his honor on April 22, 2015 at the Medford Village Country Club in Medford, New Jersey.
Created in 2007 in honor of the late Judge Martin L. Haines, the Haines Award was established to recognize those who best exemplify the qualities of personal and professional integrity, devotion to the legal profession and legal scholarship, and dedication to the justice system and the people of Burlington County.
Mr. Gillespie is the Chair of Parker McCay’s Municipal and Government Department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, governmental defense litigation, land use and tax appeals. Gillespie serves as Municipal Attorney in Chesterfield, Cinnaminson and Evesham in Burlington County, and has previously served as Township Attorney to three other municipalities in Burlington County. He is Associate Legal Counsel to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities; Third Circuit Regional Vice President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association; and a member of the New Jersey Planning Officials.
Gillespie is the 2011 recipient of the Michael A. Pane Award given by the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA), and the 2010 recipient of NJILGA’s Fred G. Stickel Award for excellence in local government and the highest commitment to ethics. He is also among first-ever recipients of the International Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service Award which recognizes lawyers who have done exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests.
NJILGA BASEBALL EVENT A SUCCESS
The Institute held its annual baseball event on July 9, 2015 at the Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood. Members and guests enjoyed a buffet picnic prior to the baseball game. Event Chairman Ray Bolanowski reports that the weather held out through 5 ½ innings and the sold-out event included numerous children. The Blue Claws were victorious over the Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads by a final score of 5-2. Thanks to Ray and the other members who worked on this event.
BUZAK PROVIDES ANALYSIS OF RECENT SUPREME COURT DECISION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING
NJILGA Past President and Assistant NJLM Counsel, Edward J. Buzak, who represented the League in the New Jersey Supreme Court case decided on March 10, 2015, has written the following analysis of the Court’s decision. Buzak and Jonathan E, Drill, Esq., who also argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of three municipalities, recently participated in an update and round table discussion of the decision at a meeting of NJILGA’s Trustees on March 31, 2015 in New Brunswick. Attached are some of Mr. Buzak’s thoughts on the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision. Click here for additional information.
Supreme Court Order
NEW OFFICERS ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys was held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The meeting was chaired by President Trishka Waterbury Cecil and the agenda included the election of officers, trustees and other regular business.
Robert F. Renaud of Cranford was elected to a two-year term as President of the Institute. Other Officers confirmed were: Ronald D. Cucchiaro of Parsippany, First Vice President; John C. Gillespie of Mt. Laurel, Second Vice President; Richard P. Cushing of Clinton, Treasurer; and Michele R. Donato of Lavallette, Secretary;
The following Trustees were elected for a two-year term from their respective vicinages: Robert Regan (Bergen); Douglas Heinold (Burlington); George Botcheos (Camden); Carl Woodward (Essex); William Horner (Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem); Steve Kleinman (Hudson); Steve Goodell (Mercer); John Kraft (Middlesex); Lani Lombardi (Monmouth) Dominick DiYanni (Morris and Sussex); Gregory McGuckin (Ocean); Michael Pasquale (Passaic); Lawrence Cohen (Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren); William Holzapfel (Union); and Eric Goldstein (Atlantic/Cape May).
Following the annual meeting, the Institute hosted its annual social event in the Tiberius Room at Caesar’s, during which the elected officers and trustees were sworn in by Senior Trustee William J. Kearns, Jr.
The following awards were presented at the social event:
The William M. Cox Award, established to recognize an attorney or judge who has become distinguished in the field of land use law was presented to Thomas F. Collins, Jr. of Morristown.
The Gordon D. Griffin Award, established to honor an outstanding municipal attorney, was presented to Saul A. Wolfe of Livingston. Mr. Griffin is a past President of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys and a partner in the firm of Mason, Griffin and Pierson in Princeton, and his local government clients relied on his skill and professionalism for sound, objective legal advice.
The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award was awarded to Trishka Waterbury Cecil of Princeton. (See article below.)
The Michael Pane Award was awarded to Edward T. Rogan of Hackensack. Established by the Pane Family and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the award is given in honor of Michael A. Pane, Sr., who was the long-time editor of the Municipal Law Review, president and trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys, counsel to the New Jersey Association of Municipal Clerks, counsel to the League of Municipalities and author of the New Jersey Practice Series, Local Government Law volumes. It honors a municipal professional who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and whose work has significantly enhanced the integrity of local government.
Refreshments, including the Institute’s famous lamb chops and other delicious appetizers were served. The Institute thanks event Chairman Bob Renaud for his efforts in assuring an enjoyable social event.
CLE Programs Presented by NJILGA in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) presented 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 presented, as well as the CLE credits, is shown at the link below.
The 2014 schedule of programs is attached.
2014 LEAGUE CONFERENCE CEU PROCEDURES
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 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
NOTICE TO THE BAR
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 email@example.com