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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • NJILGA to Present Diversity Program – A Message from President Dick Cushing

    NJILGA to Present Diversity Program – A Message from President Dick Cushing Click here for presenter bio's and related references for today's meeting

    As part of its service to our members, the profession and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, I am pleased to announce that NJILGA’s Diversity Committee, headed by Jason Holt, and members Victor Afanador, Trishka Cecil, Elissa Schragger and Steve Kleinman, will be presenting an excellent, free, lunchtime seminar on diversity. Without spending a dime, it will fulfill your diversity ethics credits, but more importantly will help you guide your clients in the fraught areas of recognizing and avoiding inadvertent bias in word and deed. Whether you are right of Attila the Hun or left of Mao Zedong it is important to recognize when your foot, or your client’s, is about to explode a hidden bias mine. As lawyers we need, and are obligated by our ethics obligations, to know how to communicate in ways that don’t give offense because of preconceived notions about others. We also need to help our clients communicate in ways that don’t allow a language gaff to interfere with the intended message.

    Jason and his team have put together an impressive group of skilled communicators who will share their varied perspectives in an engaging manner. I think we will all leave the seminar with a more nuanced view of getting along in a new America. The investment of your time at lunch will be rewarding. In view of the timely importance of this program, we are also making it available to non-member attorneys and other public officials and employees.

    Dick
    Richard Cushing, President .

    Click here for complete meeting information
  • NJILGA Announces Formation of Diversity Committee

    NJILGA Announces Formation of Diversity Committee The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (“NJILGA”) has formed its first Diversity Committee. The Committee, established in January 2021, is chaired by NJILGA Trustee Jason Holt and includes NJILGA Past President Trishka Waterbury Cecil, and Trustees Victor Afanador, Elissa Grodd Schragger and Steven Kleinman. The Diversity Committee will drive the core mission of educating, promoting and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in legal business development and professional opportunities, as well as increasing diverse attorney visibility in NJILGA, public and private entities, and the practice of law at-large.

    NJILGA President Richard P. Cushing noted, “This committee is the latest in a series of efforts to champion and crystallize our organization’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity within the public entity realm and the legal profession. In establishing this Committee, NJILGA is proud to continue its tradition of educating the next generation of attorneys and industry leaders within the State of New Jersey.”

    Newly appointed Chair of the Diversity Committee, Jason Holt stated, “I am honored and humbled to be chosen as this Committee’s leader. I am excited to work with my fellow committee members, esteemed legal professionals I call my peers, to continue promoting high standards, professionalism and competence while elevating NJILGA’s inclusiveness to new heights. We are excited to get to work.”

    NJILGA, an affiliate of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, was established in 1951 for the purpose of promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys, and to assist members of the legal profession to better serve local governments in the State of New Jersey. It presently has a membership of approximately 300 attorneys engaged in the representation of various local government units in the State of New Jersey, including municipalities, counties, planning and zoning boards, utilities authorities, and other local government entities.
  • NJILGA Statement on Violence Against Asian-Americans

    Recently there has been a rise in acts of violence directed toward Asian American and Pacific Islanders. We call upon all likeminded Americans to stand in solidarity and condemn these and all acts of racism, hatred and bigotry. This organization joins with the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey ("APALA-NJ") and other bar associations in denouncing these criminal acts that directly contradict the tenets upon which our nation was founded. It is incumbent upon all of us to work to eliminate bias, promote the dignity of each person and elevate the moral and social consciousness of our profession, State and nation. We accomplish this goal by not merely tolerating others, but by respecting and embracing the beneficence of our differences.

    The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys extends its heartfelt condolences to those who have suffered as victims of hatred, violence, loss and discriminatory treatment.
  • Swearing In Ceremony Held

    Swearing In Ceremony Held New officers and trustees elected at the November 19, 2020 NJILGA Annual Meeting were sworn in by Senior Trustee William Kearns at a Zoom ceremony held on December 29, 2020 and presided over by outgoing President, John C. Gillespie. Kearns, recently recovered from surgery, was praised for his many contributions to the Institute and for his service as General Counsel to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Incoming President, Richard P. Cushing made a few remarks about his plans for the upcoming year, and thanked John Gillespie for his outstanding efforts as President and expressed the hope that he would continue to play a prominent leadership role as Immediate Past President. Many of the attendees joined in this praise. Newly installed Secretary Sharon Dragan was congratulated on becoming an officer and new trustees were welcomed. After the formal proceedings, the attendees engaged in friendly Zoom visiting. NJILGA thanks all who attended the ceremony.
  • NEW OFFICERS ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING

    NEW OFFICERS ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys was held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Virtual Conference. The meeting was chaired by President John C. Gillespie and the agenda included the amendment of NJILGA’s By-Laws, the election of officers and trustees and other regular business. Read More
  • STICKEL AWARD TO HOLZAPFEL

    STICKEL AWARD TO HOLZAPFEL The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award has been presented to William R. Holzapfel of Elizabeth. The Stickel Award was created by the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys 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. It is the highest honor awarded by the Institute. Mr. Holzapfel has had a long and distinguished career in the local government and public utility law fields. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1959 and has been the City Attorney of Elizabeth since 1993. Mr. Holzapfel received his B.A. from Union College and his L.L.B., cum laude, from Albany Law School where he was an Associate Editor of the Albany Law Review. He is a past President of the Union County Bar Association and was a was a member and Chair of the District XII Ethics Committee and Trustee and Chair of the Clients Security Fund, now known as the Lawyers Fund for Client Protection. He is a former Chair of the Public Utility Law and Local Government Law Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association and former Chair of the NJSBA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee. Mr. Holzapfel is the recipient of the Diplomate designation in Municipal Law from the Institute and has received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Utilities Association for his work on the New Jersey Digest of Public Utility Decisions. In 2000, he received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for Union County from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on the recommendation of the Union County Bar Association and he has also been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Holzapfel is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, having served as an Infantry Officer in the Republic of South Korea in 1954 and 1955. In 2016, he received the James R. Lacey, Esq. Award for Distinguished Service presented by the Public Utility Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association in Appreciation and Recognition of Distinguished Service to the New Jersey Public Utilities Industry. He has also received awards from the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Groundwork Elizabeth, Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. He is presently an Associate Counsel of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Kean University Liberty Hall Center for History and a Director of the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce. The Stickel Award is named in honor of Fred G. Stickel, III who practiced municipal law for over 50 years and was counsel to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities for many years. As a prominent member of the public sector bar and a preeminent practitioner of municipal law, Fred donated countless hours to advance the orderly operation of local governments in this state.
  • NJILGA 2020 YEAR-END LAW REVIEW

    NJILGA 2020 YEAR-END LAW REVIEW NJILGA Past President Trishka Waterbury Cecil has completed her annual Year-End Law Review for 2020 (a/k/a the “Big Book”) which is now available in the Members Section. At a webinar presented on November 19, 2020 at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Virtual Conference, Trishka and NJILGA Treasurer Steve Goodell highlighted and discussed selected local government cases from the past year and entertained questions and comments from attendees. NJILGA thanks Trishka and Steve for their presentation and extends special recognition to Trishka for her extensive efforts in putting together this year-end compendium. Thank you Trishka ! Read More
  • Proposed Amendments to NJILGA By-Laws

    Proposed Amendments to NJILGA By-Laws Please be advised that the attached amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws of The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys will be considered for adoption at the Annual Meeting of the Institute to be held via Zoom, as previously noticed, on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 4:45 p.m., Eastern Time. Members in good standing are encouraged to attend the meeting and vote on the adoption of the By-Laws.
  • NJILGA Annual Meting and Social Hour - Nov. 19th

    NJILGA Annual Meting and Social Hour - Nov. 19th The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys will hold its Annual Business Meeting and Social Hour via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time, following the presentation of NJILGA’s Annual Municipal Law Update by Trishka Waterbury Cecil and Steven Goodell. The Annual Business Meeting and Social Hour will be held separately in a scheduled Zoom meeting. See details in the Members Section at www.njilga.org . The Business Meeting agenda includes election of Officers, one-half of the Trustees and the adoption of amendments to NJILGA’s By-Laws. All members are invited and requested to attend.
  • Successful Zoom Conference Held for Members

    Successful Zoom Conference Held for Members The Legal Assistance Committee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys conducted another Members Zoom Conference Call on September 9, 2020 to provide updates on the continued impacts of Covid-19 on local government operations and different ways of addressing same. Hosted by NJILGA President, John Gillespie, other topics for discussion were what actions a public body can take against one of its members for conduct it deems inappropriate or improper, current developments in the regulation of Small Cell Telecommunications Facilities (5G), and other issues raised by our members. The Members Call lasted 1 3/4 hours and was actively participated in by numerous attorneys. NJILGA thanks all who participated.
  • NJLM ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE VIRTUAL

    NJLM ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE VIRTUAL The Executive Board and Officers of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities have announced the the 105th Annual NJLM Conference will be held as a Virtual Conference the week of November 16-20, 2020. The League's leadership is confident that a Virtual Conference will best meet safety needs while providing delegates with opportunities for education, networking and interaction with exhibitors. The League will be releasing a schedule of events for the Virtual Conference in the coming weeks. Attendees will have access to sessions offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to help maintain professional credentials. Programs will also share critical information regarding managing the extraordinary demands on local governments during the pandemic and beyond. The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA) will be providing a full slate of Virtual CLE Programs in cooperation with the League. Registrants will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education units for each virtual CLE program attended. The Institute will also conduct its annual business meeting and elections as a virtual meeting. Additional information will be released as it becomes available on the League's website and on this website.
  • NJILGA COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENTS

    NJILGA COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENTS
    NOTE: In order to avoid duplication of resources, we recommend that our members utilize the COVID-19 resource page located on the New Jersey State League of Municipalities website njlm.org.

    This content is for members in good standing. Please log in.

    If you would like to become a member, please click here.
  • Renaud Wins in NJ Supreme Court

    Renaud Wins in NJ Supreme Court NJILGA Past President, Robert F. Renaud, and the Renaud DeAppolonio firm have successfully overturned a decision of the Appellate Division, in a New Jersey Supreme Court appeal filed on behalf of Union Township (Union County). The issue in the appeal was whether a high-end restaurant operated by a for-profit entity but housed in a building on the Kean University campus qualifies for exemption from local property taxation. In its June 30, 2020 opinion the Supreme Court unanimously held that the accomplishment of a public purpose must be the paramount factor in an arrangement with a private entity's use of public property, and for a tax exemption to apply, any private advantage must be incidental or subordinate. The Supreme Court agreed with the Tax Court that the restaurant's interest in the property was accordingly not tax exempt. Mr. Renaud was assisted on the brief by Adam J. Colicchio. NJILGA congratulates Mr. Renaud and his firm on this important Supreme Court win. Read More
  • Successfully Conducting Remote Municipal Land Use Public Hearings

    Successfully Conducting Remote Municipal Land Use Public Hearings Frank Scangarella, Esq.
    June 1, 2020

    New Jersey municipal planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment (“Planning and Zoning Boards”) have struggled to meet their legal obligations in conducting public hearings during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Their obligations to conduct public meetings remotely in response to emergency orders requiring social distancing (Emergency Orders), has presented unique challenges for their compliance with the Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) and the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”). This article provides guidance to Planning and Zoning Boards in navigating the legal and technical issues necessary to successfully conduct remote meetings with a focus on public hearings of municipal land use applications pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10 (“Public Hearing”). LOG IN TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
  • Provided with Permission of Parker McCay Blog

    Provided with Permission of Parker McCay Blog From Courtroom to Court Zoom--Serving Justice Virtually duringCovid-19By Steven Goodell, Linda Galella on May 21, 2020



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  • Message From the President

    Message From the President Dear NJILGA Colleagues:

    In these most extraordinary and uncertain times, local government attorneys are challenged to offer solutions - - often untested, given the circumstances - - to clients responsible to service the general public. Read More
  • Trouble Receiving NJILGA E-mails?

    Trouble Receiving NJILGA E-mails? Dear Colleagues – Some of our members have reported that they have not been receiving e-blasts from NJILGA, or have been finding our e-mails in their “Junk Email” folders. To facilitate receiving our e-mails, please add the following address to your “E-mail Contacts” list: This should eliminate the problem.

    Thanks,
    J. Peter Jost
    Executive Director
  • Free Employment Listings on NJILGA Website

    Free Employment Listings on NJILGA Website Dear Colleagues – This is just a reminder that the NJILGA website has a listing of Employment Opportunities for local government attorneys in the Members Section. If you are seeking a local government attorney to fill a position at your firm, please feel free to place an ad in our Members Section. It’s free!

    Ads may be submitted to our Executive Director, Peter Jost at

    Cordially,

    John C. Gillespie, President
  • STEVE GOODELL’S INSPIRING TALK

    STEVE GOODELL’S INSPIRING TALK NJILGA Officer Steven Goodell, Esq. was the guest speaker at the New Attorney Admissions Ceremony, December 4, 2019 at the Old Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, in a ceremony sponsored by the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Vicinage and the Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem County Bar Associations. Steve discussed his incredible journey to return to what he loves, the practice of law, following a horrific bicycle accident that left him permanently disabled. His story is truly inspiring. Steve currently serves as Treasurer of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (see articles below). Watch Steve’s talk at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm0ydo4Hf2U
  • NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage

    NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage Any NJILGA member interested in being considered for nomination as a Trustee of the Institute from Atlantic-Cape May is invited to submit a resume or biographical information to Robert F. Renaud, Esq., Chair, Nominating Committee at . Trustee candidates must have an office or reside in the Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage. Trustees serve a term of two years. There are two trustees from each vicinage. Trustees are members of the Board of Directors of the Institute, the body which operates the Institute between annual meetings. The Trustees generally meet four times per year, in the evening. For additional information, contact Mr. Renaud.
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