New Jersey State Bar Association's 2010 Elder Law Retreat

Each year, the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association holds its annual Elder Law Retreat, an exciting two day event for practitioners and others interested in improving the lives of the aged and disabled in our State. As Vice-Chair of the Section this year, I am in charge of putting the program together. I think we have assembled a stellar group of presenters appropriate for all experience levels. The agenda follows. Attendance at the Elder Law Retreat is a great way to engage with the leading lawyers in the elder and disability law arena in New Jersey and to achieve competency in Elder Law. This year, the Retreat will be held on April 22-23, at the Congress Hall hotel in Cape May, NJ. Hope to see you there!


Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ
April 22 & 23, 2010


8:30 – 9:00 am      Continental Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 10:00 am    Keynote Speaker:
Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center:
Protecting the Rights of Residents of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

10:00 – 11:00 am   Panel Discussion:
Eric Carlson; Directing Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center;
Gwen Orlowski, Director, Department of the Public Advocate, Division of Elder Advocacy:
Update on National Senior Citizens Law Center Cases; Update on Assisted Living Case and Other Pending Litigation

11:00 – 12:00 pm    Panel Discussion:
Linda Ershow-Levenberg, Esq.; Brenda McElnea, Esq.: Update on State Case Law And Administrative Law Cases

12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch

1:00 – 1:15 pm         Sponsor Presentations

1:15 –  2:15 pm         Workshop A: Presentation:
Lauren Marinara, Esq., Chrystal West, Esq. and Shelby Neiss, Esq., NJSBA Young Lawyers Division of the Elder and Disability Law Section: Hot Topics in Elder Law

Workshop B: Panel Discussion:
Carol Johnston, Secretary, Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics; Deirdre Wheatley-Liss, Esq.: Attorney Ethics in the Computer Age/Blogging and Other Social Media in an Elder Law Practice

2:15 – 3:00 pm        Presentation: Gwen Orlowski Director, Department of the Public Advocate, Division of Elder Advocacy: Global Options and Other Community Medicaid Programs

3:00 – 3:45 pm        Presentation: Marilyn Askin, Chief Legislative Advocate, AARP NJ:
Health Care Reform Update

3:45 – 4:00 pm         Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm         Judicial Panel:
Hon. Patricia Del Bueno Cleary, J.S.C.
Hon. Deanne M. Wilson, J.S.C.
Hon. James S. LaCorte, Union County Surrogate
Estate and Elder Law Practice in New Jersey: A Judicial Perspective

5:30 – 6:30 pm        Cocktail Reception

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

9:00 – 9:30 am       Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 10:30 am      Featured Speaker:
Norman Cantor, Professor of Law Emeritus and Nathan Jacobs Scholar, Rutgers University School of Law, Newark: After We Die: The Life and Times of the Human Cadaver

10:30 – 10:45 am       Break

10:45 – 11:30 pm       Presentation: Gary Mazart, Esq.: Estate and Gift Tax Update

11:30 – 12:15 pm       Panel Discussion: John Callinan, Esq., Don McHugh, Esq. and Shirley Whitenack, Esq.: Update on Federal Litigation

12:15 – 1:15 pm          Presentation: Robert Brogan, Esq., Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section:  An Interview With Thomas Begley, Jr., Esq: The Future of the Elder and Disability Law Practice: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

1:15 – 1:30 pm           Closing: Donald Vanarelli, Esq., Vice-Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section: Closing Remarks

Register Now: Call the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
(732) 214-8500