Coats for Camden Kids

The Bar Foundation’s Public Benefits Committee is partnering with Woodland Community Development Corporation in Camden and ARI in Mt. Laurel to ensure that needy Camden students in grades two through five will have winter coats in
time for the cold months ahead, and we need your help!

We are seeking donations from CCBA members and friends to purchase 200 new winter coats for children who might otherwise go without. We will also accept clean, gently-used children’s coats in good condition.

Our goal is to provide coats for approximately 25 students, chosen by school principals as the most needy, in eight Camden elementary schools for a total of 200 coats. Your gift of $30 or more will help us achieve that goal.

Please click here for more information and a gift form.

We hope you will support this very worthy effort and thank you for your consideration!



Lawyers and Attorneys – Lawyer Referral Service Camden County Bar Association

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has 5 primary categories and 31special area categories. Each is considered a separate panel for a total of 36 practice panels. Referrals within each panel rotate on a strict “next up” basis, with the only exceptions being those described in Rule 5A. Rotations occur within the 5 primary categories by the subgroups listed.

Applicants should indicate each specific area of the law in which he/she wishes to receive referrals by checking the box next to all areas from which referrals are sought.  Referrals rotate within each of the 31 special area panels independently of the others. For example, if a panelist requests referrals in all of the 5 primary categories and in 5 special categories, he/she will rotate within 10 panels simultaneously.  This attorney could possibly receive referrals from each panel independent of the others according to the rotation. Once a referral is made in any one of the subcategories of a primary panel, the attorney will automatically be moved to the bottom of the rotation for that category.

When completing the application, be sure that, in addition to checking the primary practice area boxes, you indicate the specific areas of interest within each category. Remember that you should only indicate areas in which your practice, experience and education permit you to represent clients competently as required by the Code of Professional Responsibility. You will receive referrals in indicated categories only.

Categories Include:

COMMERCIAL:  Banking – Franchises – Bankruptcy ( Debtor or Creditor) – Insurance – Collections – Labor Relations – Employees (incl. wrongful discharge) -  Construction – Employers – Consumer Protection – Unions – Contracts – Partnerships – Corporations -Non-profit organizations – Debtor Defendants – Unemployment Compensation
CRIMINAL:  Juvenile – Municipal Court – Major Crimes (Indictable offenses)

FAMILY:  Adoption – Paternity – Child Abuse – Property Settlement Agreements – Custody/Visitation – Separation/Divorce
- Domestic Violence – Support – Guardianship/Incompetency

PROPERTY: Advance Directives (Living Wills) -  Tax Appeals – Condemnation – Real Estate – Commercial – Decendent’s Estates – Industrial – Landlord/Tenant – Residential – Land Use Planning – Wills/Trusts/Estate Planning

TORTS:  Civil Rights – Products Liability – Intentional Torts (Libel, Slander, etc.) – Professional Malpractice – Legal – Medical Negligence – Plaintiff – Defendant – Dental – Stockbroker – Police Misconduct – Prisoners’ Rights – Workers’ Compensation – Other



Camden County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Program. Sign up!

Expand YOUR Client Base – Join the 2013-2014 Lawyer Referral Panel

The new Bar Year and the new Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) year began this past Saturday, June 1st. This means current LRS panel members must renew their membership to be incluuded in the 2013-2014 panel.

The CCBA Lawyer Referral Service is a public service project that benefits both lawyers and the public.  Each year the LRS makes more than 6,000 referrals for callers with legal problems who are able to afford a private attorney.   All attorney members of the Association are eligible to participate in the LRS.  They receive referrals based on the practice areas that they select.   Attorneys agree to charge no more than $30 for the first half-hour consultation.  The attorney and the client determine fees for time beyond that first half-hour.   If the referral produces a fee of more than $500, the LRS receives 10% of any amount above $500.  In addition, attorneys are required to pay a nominal annual fee to participate in the LRS.  This amount is in addition to any annual dues that you are required to pay.

Why should YOU join the LRS?

We provide free marketing.  We screen the client, YOU get the referral.  We let you handle fee arrangements with the client.  We help you expand your client base & provide a public service.

Take advantage of all the LRS has to offer!   Contact Denise at 856.482.0620 or kdp@camdencountybar.org to get started, or click HERE to download a panel application.



Camden County Association Bar Gives Back – Wills for Heroes

Wills for Heroes is a program that provides free wills and other estate planning documents to first responders and their spouse, domestic partner, or civil union partner.  Qualified first responders include fire fighters, police officers, paramedics, corrections and probation officers from federal, state, county, city, and town departments and agencies.

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Wills for Heroes

The program is unlike many other clinic or pro bono legal programs because it brings the program to the first responders’ doorstep.  Working with department coordinators, the Camden County program will bring together local first responders with attorneys, notaries, and witnesses at Rutgers School of Law- Camden on Saturday, April 13.

NOTE: Attorney Volunteers Needed.  If you can spare a few hours for our heroes on April 13, please contact Camden Bar Association President Brenda Lee Eutsler at 856-428-2266.



Camden County Bar Foundation – End of Year Campaign

Dear CCBA Members:

As 2012 draws to a close, on behalf of the Camden County Bar Foundation* (CCBF), I want to thank you for your support this year.

The legal profession is about helping people.  That is why in 1986, the CCBF was created.  Backed by the volunteer efforts of many dedicated members, this charitable arm of the Camden County Bar Association is reaching out to help assist our local community. “Lawyers Strengthening our Community” is the guiding principle for the CCBF and its committed volunteers from our legal community who work year-round to have a positive impact on the quality of life for many of the most deserving in our community.

The CCBF provides scholarships for high school and law school students, funding for educational presentations to inform the public about legal issues as well as support for a variety of charitable programs throughout the county. The Children’s Christmas Breakfast in December and the Children’s Picnic in June bring smiles and laughter to children in inner City Camden.  These are but a few of the activities conducted by our Foundation.  We have done a great deal of good for the community and for the image of lawyers in Camden County. Yet, there is so much more to accomplish.

May we count on your continued support through a contribution to the CCBF as the year draws to a close?  The only way we can achieve our many community service goals, and increase the number of those who benefit from our charity is through the success of our member’s donations and support.

Thank you in advance for your continued commitment.  Of course there are tax advantages associated with making your contribution now that you will want to consider when preparing your end-of-year tax plan. Your gift does matter, and it does make a difference!

Sincerely,

Linda W. Eynon

President, Camden County Bar Foundation

* The Camden County Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charitable organization registered with the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by current IRS regulations.



Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund – Camden County Bar Foundation

The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy emerged quickly. The death toll has exceeded 50, thousands of our neighbors have lost everything, thousands are still without power and damage is expected to reach $50 billion.

As the super storm moved up the coast, startling news footage revealed what was left of the East Coast, especially the Mid-Atlantic region.

To help those left devastated by Sandy, the Camden County Bar Foundation has established the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, and is seeking donations from Association members and firms to support the relief effort.

Those wishing to contribute to the fund please click for a donation form.

Additionally, the CCBA’s Partner in Progress GetLegal.com will donate 10% of its proceeds from new CCBA customers to the fund through December 31, 2012.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!  Together we can make a difference.




Pro Bono Assistance Needed

PRO BONO EXPUNGEMENT ATTORNEYS NEEDED
Because of the severity of recent budget cuts, South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. (SJLS) has significantly reduced staffing levels and its level of client services proportionately. Currently, SJLS is not assisting individuals who need expungements of their criminal records.

We would like to start a project to refer eligible individuals who need expungements to pro bono attorneys. Many of these individuals need the expungements in order to secure employment.

If you are willing to assist, please contact Michelle T. Williams, Esquire, Director of Pro Bono Services and Centralized Intake, at 856.964.2010 ext. 6229 or MTWilliams@lsnj.org.



Camden County Bar Benefit for LARC School

The Young Lawyer Committee’s 3rd Annual Lobster Bake will take place on Saturday, September 8th.  Our “Bake” was created by my predecessor, Michael Madden, two years ago.   Bill Cook and the committee and foundation donated $8,000 to the LARC School last year. While our physical goals are monetary, our personal goals are to provide a tangible benefit for the moderately to severely disabled children and young adults at the LARC school.   At the same time, we are fortunate enough to be able to socialize, relax and enjoy a great meal with our peers.

LARC is a non-profit special education school serving disabled individuals ranging from ages 3 to 21. The services are provided at no cost to families.   Because of federal and state funding restraints, a significant portion of the cost to fund LARC is through charity and fundraising.   A large void in funding is for students who have graduated and are now adults.   After a person turns 21 often there are limited if any resources provided by the government.   This continuing education and service sets LARC apart. Having had the opportunity to tour LARC last year with my peers and LARC Executive Director, Susan Weiner,  I was able to witness beauty firsthand.   Have you ever seen a sunset, or a rainbow, or a child’s first play?   We felt that same love when touring LARC.   What sets it apart is the warm and family-like atmosphere.   Small class size, with student to teacher ratios of 3:1, allows individualized educational programs that focus on each student’s capabilities.   The school is truly wonderful.

LARC is the reason the Lobster Bake exists.   People like Susan and the staff at LARC allow parents of disabled children and adults to rest assured knowing that they are leaving their children or loved ones in good hands.   Being a father of two small children, it is difficult enough for me to leave them each day.   I cannot imagine leaving such wonderful and vulnerable little ones with such disabilities out of my sight.   The amenities the school provides make you feel like you are on a campus of a prestigious university.

Our bake provides an outlet where fellow attorneys,  Judges,  friends and families can get together after such a long hot summer.   We indulge in fresh lobster, shrimp, and clams with corn on the cob, of course.  Appetizers are delicious as is dessert.  Beverages are tasted, and the music and atmosphere creates a “shore” feeling, although Labor Day has passed.  The Tap Room provides a perfect venue, and it is surely worth the cost for 5 plus hours of entertainment and conversation. A silent question remains: Why are we all there?  Why are we all together?  We are there because of LARC. The children and adults need us there, although we probably do not know it.  Susan Weiner needs us there, as does her staff.  This silent question was truly answered by us when we became members of the Camden County Bar Association, and the Young Lawyer Committee.  It was answered when we were sworn in as attorneys.  We are there to better the public, to better the less fortunate.  In all we do, human nature is to better ourselves.  The Lobster Bake enables us to contribute to those who need our help.  It is an honor to carry on a tradition so rightly started by my peers.   On behalf of the Young Lawyer Committee and LARC, we ask that you join us on September 8th and we look forward to seeing you there.   Use the Lobster Bake Reservation flyer in this month’s inserts to reserve your place for this very special event.  —By Michael J. Dennin



Brenda Lee Eutsler to be Installed as 86th Bar President

Friends and colleagues from the bench and bar will gather on the campus of Rutgers University in Camden on Saturday, June 9th for the Foundation’s annual installation of Association and Foundation Officers & Trustees Dinner Dance to witness Brenda Lee Eutsler become the 86th President of the Camden County Bar Association.  Brenda will receive the oath of office from her husband, James Herman, Esquire, while the Hon. M. Allan Vogelson (Ret.) will administer oaths to Foundation President, Linda W. Eynon, and the Association’s officers and trustees.  The evening, sponsored in part by The Ferrara Law Firm, Environmental Resolutions, Inc. and other area firms and businesses will feature delectable cuisine and dancing to the exciting sounds of Bob Bernardo Productions with DJs Bobby B, Disco Bob and Chris.

Brenda, a partner with the law firm of Asbell & Eutsler, P.A., in Cherry Hill, succeeds Louis R. Lessig, Brown & Connery, LLP in Westmont, and will serve a one year term beginning on June 9th.  Current Bar Foundation President, Richard A. DeMichele, Jr., a partner in the law firm of DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. in Haddon Heights, will turn over the reigns of the Camden County Bar Foundation, the Association’s charity partner, to past CCBA President Linda W. Eynon, Legal Counsel for Horizon NJ Health in West Trenton.

“It is a tremendous privilege for me to serve the 2,300 members of the Camden County Bar Association as its 86th President.  I never dreamed such an honor was possible when I strolled along Broadway with my Grandpop in my childhood. Returning to my hometown of Camden City and my alma mater, Rutgers University,  for my installation is humbling and amazing,” said Brenda.  “I congratulate Lou Lessig on his successful year as our 85th President.  I look forward to working with our fantastic team of officers and trustees in addressing the desires and concerns of our members,” she added.

Assuming new duties will be Gary W. Boguski, President-elect; Casey Price, First Vice President; Jenifer G. Fowler,
Second Vice President; Louis R. Moffa, Jr., Treasurer; and Eric G. Fikry, Secretary. New and reappointed Association trustees include: Eric A. Feldhake, Ronald G. Lieberman, Ellen M. McDowell, Jerrold N. Poslusny, Jr. and Carl Ahrens Price.  Michael J. Dennin will serve as Young Lawyer Trustee.

Brenda brings an impressive resume to her presidency.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate administration, probate and fiduciary litigation, estate planning and guardianships.  She served as Co-Chair of the Association’s Probate & Trust Committee for ten years, and is presently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Law School in Camden and Faculty Advisor for the Estates & Trusts Society.  She frequently speaks at seminars and conferences held by state and county bar associations and civic organizations.  Brenda has served as a member of the District IV Ethics Committee and is currently a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Roster of Qualified Mediators.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Brenda was a paralegal and served as Deputy Surrogate of Camden County, during which time she and then Surrogate, Bruce MacNaul, founded H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Evolve, Inc.), an education and support group for widowed persons.  While teaching paralegals, she and several of her students founded the South Jersey Paralegal Association and served on the Supreme Court Committee for Paralegal Education and Regulation.

Brenda devotes considerable time to fundraising efforts for charitable organizations.  She is a former Chairperson of the South Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes and served for several years as Chair of the Chapter’s Annual Sports Awards Banquet.  She is also active with Dooley House in Camden which serves the needs of children and families with HIV/AIDS and other fragile illnesses.  She formerly served as Co-Chair of the Bar Foundation’s Public Benefits Committee which holds an annual picnic and Christmas breakfast with Santa for the children of Camden, and Co-Chair of the Foundation’s annual Autumn Scramble Golf Outing.  In 2011, Brenda received the Good Neighbor Award from the Camden County Chapter of the American Red Cross for her advocacy on behalf of the elderly and families.

Brenda is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court.

Congratulations, Brenda!  We look forward to another great bar year.



Cocktails & Conversation Bench/Bar Cocktail Party

Looking for an early springtime opportunity to relax with colleagues from the bench and bar while enjoying a two hour open bar and mouth-watering party fare? Then Cocktails & Conversation fits the bill!

Scheduled for 6-8 pm, Thursday, May 2nd at Caffé Aldo Lamberti on Route 70 East in Cherry Hill, this “Members Only” event provides a terrific opportunity to mix and mingle with colleagues and Camden County judges of the Superior, US District, Bankruptcy and Workers’ Compensation Courts, in a relaxed atmosphere. And, if last year’s Cocktails & Conversation was any indication, we’ll have another packed house!

Tickets are only $55 ($50 for lawyers admitted less than 5 years), with advance reservations requested.



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