Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New mission statement - New Jersey State Bar Association

The New Jersey State Bar Association has revised its mission statement to reflect the renewed appreciation for judicial "independence and integrity".  The State Bar - in which I am proud to be active - led the fight against Governor Chris Christie's wrecking ball approach to the composition of New Jersey's highly competent and generally progressive Supreme Court.  The recent agreement between Democratic Senate and Republican Governor yielded tenure for the moderate Democrat Stuart Rabner, once Christie's principal target.  The agreement restored stability to the process of nominating and confirming judges for tenure after the initial seven year term.

Our Mission
To serve, protect, foster and promote the personal and professional
interests of its members.

To serve as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations,
governmental entities and the public with regard to the law, legal profession
and legal system.

To promote access to the justice system, fairness in its administration, and the independence and integrity of the judicial branch. 

To encourage participation in voluntary pro bono activities. 

To foster professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA.

To provide educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to
enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law.

To provide education to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness
of the legal profession and legal system.

December 11, 1992
REVISED December 2007
REVISED May 2014 

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