Monday, 4:00 PM

Professor Greg Lastowka (1969-2015) will be remembered for his inquiry into how people innovate, create, and produce cultural capital through playful exploration. His pathbreaking  scholarship in the areas of copyright, trademark, cyberproperty, video games, and virtual worlds was interdisciplinary. It forged new fields and impacted cultural studies, media studies, and computer science, as well as law. As engaged as he was in diverse disciplines, Prof. Lastowka was also interested in diverse modes of production. He asked in many ways and about many subjects, how law and institutions interact with imaginative play. The annual Greg Lastowka Memorial Project will honor this inquiry with innovative presentations and explorations that reflect Prof. Lastowka's serious purpose and sense of fun.

Presented by the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law (RIIPL), Dean Dan Hunter of Swinburne University of Technology School of Law will discuss, "Playing Well: The Intellectual Property of LEGO" at 4 p.m. Following the talk, a 5:30 p.m. reception will be held with music performed by The Underhills. The event will take place in the Clark Commons,  the second-floor bridge, located in law school's east building.

To RSVP, email riipl@rutgers.edu.

Wednesday, 6:00 PM

Co-Deans Ronald K. Chen and John F.K. Oberdiek invite all Rutgers Law alumni to a series of receptions introducing the new Rutgers Law School. Learn about the benefits of the merger of law at Rutgers for our alumni body, now over 20,000 strong, while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres in a professional networking format. Thanks to our gracious hosts, a reception will take place at Archer & Greiner, located at 33 East Euclid Avenue in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

For a full list of Rutgers Law alumni receptions, visit here.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

This program, which qualifies for NJ Newly Admitted credits under “Trust and Business Accounting”, will cover the key requirements of the New Jersey Court Rules and the Rules of Professional Conduct that give rise to audit issues with respect to handling client funds, maintaining attorney trust, business and fiduciary accounts and the required recordkeeping. This will be done by providing a first-hand view of the audit process, red flags and how to avoid issues during an audit.
Please note that NJ credits are approved for the Newly Admitted NJ Attorney Requirement for Trust & Business Accounting only and are not applicable as ethics credits.
Topics include:
• The recordkeeping requirements as per NJ Court Rule 1:21-6 and RPC 1.15
• Random audit procedures and findings
• Common recordkeeping problems
• Disciplinary audit procedures and findings
• Trust Overdraft Program
• Overview of disciplinary process

Pennsylvania and New York count as 2.0 CLE credits, including 2.0 ethics credits. New Jersey counts as 2.4 CLE credits, including 1.2 ethics only and counts toward newly admitted lawyer requirements.

For more information, or to register, visit here.

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This program will provide best practices strategies for bringing and litigating the catastrophic injury case from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives. Seasoned litigators will explore these issues in context through a baseball line drive fact pattern. From the pleadings through trial, the panel will discuss winning strategies from the viewpoint of a plaintiff, sports product manufacturer and organizing league, including:
- Pleadings – crafting successful pleading
- Written Discovery – key issues in conducting discovery
- Fact depositions – strategies for conducting effective depositions
- Corporate designee depositions – practice and pitfalls
- Expert depositions – strategies and practice
- Dispositive motion practice -
- Opening, experts cross exam and closing arguments at trial – effective strategies for presenting and arguing your case and for handling adverse expert testimony

CLE: NJ: 3.3 | NY: 3.0 | PA: 2.5

Register online through the Rutgers Institute for Professioinal Education.

Thursday, 6:00 PM

Co-Deans Ronald K. Chen and John F.K. Oberdiek invite all Rutgers Law alumni to a series of receptions introducing the new Rutgers Law School. Learn about the benefits of the merger of law at Rutgers for our alumni body, now over 20,000 strong, while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres in a professional networking format. Thanks to our gracious hosts, a reception will take place at Reed Smith, located at 1301 K Street NW, Washington D.C.

For a full list of Rutgers Law alumni receptions, visit here.


9:00 AM to 1:15 PM

This course will address the potential ethical challenges facing mediators (focusing on civil) from accepting a case to capturing the agreement. Each mediator standard will be featured and dissected in a case study reflective of actual scenarios encountered by mediators. Topics include:

- Mediator ethics: self-determination, impartiality, conflict of interest, confidentiality
- Group exercises /series of conflict situations
- Ethics skill building exercises related to confidentiality
- Self-determination and active facilitation in harmony
- Case management function of mediator in addressing ethics concerns
- Foreclosure mediation illustrative of this dilemma/mediation role play

NJ CLE Information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4.8 hours of total CLE ethics credit.

For more information, or to register, visit here.

5:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Learn from the lawyers who wrote the book. This program provides an overview of the collateral consequences of criminal convictions both for immigration and civilly. For any attorney who handles criminal cases for non-citizen defendant clients, it is essential to have an understanding of the potential collateral consequences of a conviction or plea. The program will provide practical non-citizen client lawyering skills, including how to properly identify non-citizen clients, how to formulate insightful questions of the client to obtain necessary information, how to navigate the murky waters of “crimmigration” law, and what resources are available to assist you and your client.

The program will also cover the civil collateral consequences of criminal convictions, including the relevant New Jersey Administrative Code and Statutory provisions. The faculty for this program are the authors of New Jersey Collateral Consequences.

CLE: NJ: 3.7 | NY: 3.5 | PA: 3.0

Register through the Rutgers Insitute for Professional Education.

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration will honor Donald C. Clark, Jr. '79, as the 2015 recipient of the Armitage Award; Grace C. Bertone '84, as the 2015 recipient of the Nardi Award; and Hon. Adam J. Taliaferro '08 as the 2015 recipient of the Recent Graduate Award.

Donald C. Clark, Jr. is the general counsel of the United Church of Christ. A graduate of Williams College, Clark served as a litigation partner in two of Chicago's largest law firms (Isham, Lincoln & Beale and McDermott, Will and Emery) and managed his own litigation boutique (Clark & DeGrand) for nearly a decade. Since 2003, Clark has served as the primary legal counsel for the United Church of Christ. He advises the Protestant denomination of over one million members and approximately 5,200 churches on a range of issues, including General Synold of the UCC v. Resinger - the 2014 lawsuit filed by the UCC which found North Carolina's marriage laws to be unconstitutional and brought marriage equality to that state.

Grace C. Bertone is the managing partner of Bertone Piccini LLP, located in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, where she practices in the areas of estate planning and adminstration, real estate law, land use and zoning, foreclosure litigation, and general corporate and business counseling. A former president and longtime board member of the Resource Center of Somerset, which offers protection and services to victims of domestic violence, Bertone has also served as a board member of the Winston School, a private school for elementary students with learning disabilities, and is a current board mamber of the Alumni Assocation Board of Trustees of Rutgers Law School in Camden.

Adam J. Taliaferro was sworn into his first term in the Assembly in January, 2015. He represents the 3rd Legislative District in Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties. As a first-year student at Penn State University, Taliaferro suffered a spinal-cord injury during a football game. He was told that he hand only a small chance of ever walking again, but was able to overcome his paralysis and walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in four months. He has since founded the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which provides emotional, financial, and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration will be held at Tavistock Country Club, located at 100 Tavistock Lane in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Dinner tickets cost $80; for full sponsorship options, including advertising in the program book, contact Terry McCuen at mccuen@camden.rutgers.edu or 856-225-6180.

For more information, contact Lloyd Freeman, Esq. at 856-616-2680.

To register online, visit ralumni.com/DAAC2015.

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

A discussion on diversity in the workplace will feature distinguished panelists that include the Honorable Karen Simmons of Philadelphia Municipal Court; Mary Catherine Roper of the Philadelphia ACLU; Carlos Bollar of Archer & Greiner; Jessica Meller of Saul Ewing, LLP; and Rich Ramones of Archer & Greiner.

Law students will have the opportunity to network with professionals following the panel.

Hosted by Women’s Law Caucus, Black Law Students Association, Alianza, Asian Pacific-American Law Student Association, and OUTLaws, the event will take place in the Clark Commons, located on the second floor bridge in the law school.

To RSVP, email erin.yerke@rutgers.edu.

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

New and seasoned practitioners alike will benefit from this overview of estate planning in New Jersey.

Topics include:

- The purpose of estate planning
- Wealth transfer taxation
- Government dictated default consequences
- Review of documents
- Some advanced planning techniques
- Planning for incapacity
- Practical asset protection planning, digital estate planning, same sex marriage and related matters, prudent investing and post mortem planning
- Ethical considerations in estate planning practice

This program also qualifies for New Jersey newly admitted lawyer credit for estate planning practice.

Credits:CLE: NJ: 3.3 | NY: 3.0 | PA: 2.5

To register, log in to the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education.