Who We Are
The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys ("NJILGA" or the "Institute") 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 New Jersey.
NJILGA, through its diplomate program, its seminars and legal assistance program for municipal attorneys, and its representation of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) and other related functions, endeavors to promote the highest standards of professionalism and competence on the part of its membership.
NJILGA presently has a membership of over 400 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.
The governing body of the Institute is comprised of its officers, past presidents, thirty district trustees and a number of senior trustees. Two trustees are elected from each of 15 districts, which coincide with vicinages established by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
The Institute also has a number of standing and special committees dealing with current legislative and regulatory issues. The Institute intervenes as amicus curiae in cases which present novel questions affecting the public interest, often in conjunction with NJLM. The Institute is an affiliate of the League of Municipalities.
One of the most noteworthy contributions of NJILGA is the Municipal Law Review, which is published quarterly. All members of the Institute receive copies of the Law Review, and subscriptions are available to libraries, courts and other interested parties. Other services available to members of NJILGA are email updates regarding current topics in local government law and advice to members through the Institute's Legal Assistance Committee. The Institute also sponsors a series of programs at the League convention in November on topics of interest to local government lawyers.
The Institute also takes positions from time to time on proposed legislation or regulations which may affect local government attorneys, where it believes that this is necessary to protect the interests of our members, particularly if no other organization is responding.
Social events sponsored by NJILGA include our annual cocktail party in Atlantic City, a baseball outing in June and our Day at the Races at Monmouth Race Track which is open to all members. All local government attorneys are welcome and encouraged to join the Institute.