The Supreme Court has created an Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Admissions to address a number of significant issues. Appellate Division Judge John E. Wallace, Jr., has agreed to serve as Chair. John J. Francis, Jr., Esquire, a former Chair of the Courtís Committee on Character, is the Vice-Chair. Committee members represent a cross-section of the bench and bar and will bring a broad range of experience to the work of the Committee. A roster of Committee members accompanies this Notice.
Among the issues the Committee will consider are the following:
The issues before the Committee are challenging. They have, in some instances, generated a great deal of interest and effort nationally and in other jurisdictions. To assist it in responding to the Courtís charge, the Committee will be reaching out to resources it deems necessary and appropriate. For some of the issues before the Committee (e.g., MJP questions), there will be interaction with the Supreme Courtís Commission on the Rules of Professional Conduct, which has just begun its work.
Staffing for the Committee will be provided by the Supreme Court Clerkís Office and the Supreme Courtís Bar Admissions Unit.
Stephen W. Townsend, Esq.
Clerk of the Supreme Court
Dated: March 5, 2001
Hon. John E. Wallace, Jr. - Chair
Superior Court, Apellate Division
John J. Francis, Jr., Esq.
Drinker, Biddle & Shanley
Hon. Victor Ashrafi
Superior Court, Law Division (Somerset)
Assoc. Dean Ronald K. Chen
Rutgers Law School - Newark
Hon. Patricia K. Costello
Superior Court, Family Part (Hudson)
Hon. Mary Catherine Cuff
Superior Court, Appellate Division
Allen A. Etish, Esq.
Kenney & Kearney
(New Jersey State Bar Association)
Professor Paula A. Franzese
Seton Hall Law School
Laura M. LeWinn, Esq.
Ross Lewin, Esq.
Windells, Marx, Lane & Mittendorf
Jeffrey J. Miller, AAG
Director, Division of Law
Office of the Attorney General
Hon. Edith K. Payne
Superior Court, Law Division (Essex)
Darryl W. Simpkins, Esq.
Simpkins & Simpkins
Dean Rayman L. Solomon
Rutgers Law School - Camden
Donald H. Steckroth, Esq.
United States Bankruptcy Court
Peter Tsu-Man Tu, Esq.
Physiome Sciences, Inc.
(Asian Pacific American Lawyers Assocation Representative)
Beverly A. Williams, Esq.
Hon. Joseph L. Yannotti
Superior Court, Law Division (Bergen)
E. Neal Zimmermann, Esq.
Waters, McPherson & McNeill
Two Committee Membership positions remain unfilled. They are for representatives of the:
1. Garden State Bar Association
2. Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey