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For immediate release: Sept. 10, 2003
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Supreme Court Releases Administrative Determinations on Admission to NJ Bar and on the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys


The New Jersey Supreme Court today released two sets of Administrative Determinations on key issues affecting both admission to the New Jersey bar and the practice of law in this state.

The determinations released by the Supreme Court are in response to the work of two ad hoc committees charged by the Court with the responsibility of reviewing rules that govern the admission of and the professional conduct of attorneys: the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Professional Conduct, often called the "Pollock Commission" after its chair, Retired Associate Justice Stewart G. Pollock, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Admissions, chaired by former Appellate Division Judge and current Supreme Court Associate Justice John E. Wallace Jr., and commonly referred to as the "Wallace Committee."

In releasing the Administrative Determinations, which are issued when the Court acts in its administrative, rather than its judicial, capacity, Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz offered the thanks of the Supreme Court to the committee members and staff who have devoted nearly two years to studying issues of concern to New Jersey's legal community.

"The Pollock Commission and the Wallace Committee produced reports of great significance to the New Jersey bar and to the practice of law. Their work will benefit attorneys and their clients for years to come," said Chief Justice Poritz.

"On behalf of the Supreme Court, I thank the dedicated men and women who have made these important determinations possible. The Court deeply appreciates the time and effort they devoted to their assignment," said the Chief Justice.

In response to the Pollock Commission recommendations on professional conduct, the Court addresses issues such as the "appearance of impropriety" language in the Rules of Professional Conduct; attorneys' communications with clients; the effect of a municipal prosecutor's disqualification from criminal defense work within the same county; former government attorneys going into private employment; sexual relations between a lawyer and client in the absence of a pre-existing consensual relationship; and advertising on the internet or other electronic media.

The Court's response to the recommendations from the Wallace Committee addresses issues such as multi-jurisdictional practice; modification of the bona fide office rule; the regulation of in-house corporate counsel who are not admitted to the bar of New Jersey; whether to permit foreign-educated attorneys, as well as those who graduated from non-ABA approved law schools in the United States, to take the New Jersey bar examination; and whether to authorize the admission of out-of-state attorneys by motion.

Both documents released today highlight specific language changes in the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Rules of Court of the State of New Jersey, together with comments by the Supreme Court on each of the recommendations. The amendments to the Rules will be adopted formally by Order of the Court and will take effect January 1, 2004.

The Administrative Determinations of the Court are available on the Judiciary's Web site at www.njcourtsonline.com. The original reports the committees made to the Supreme Court also are available on the Judiciary's Web site list of links under "News and Notices/Notices to the Bar/Notices to the Bar 2002."

Attached is a list of members and staff of the committees.

Supreme Court Commission
On the Rules of Professional Conduct

Hon. Stewart G. Pollock, Chair, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti
Thomas F. Campion Jr., Esq., Vice Chair, Drinker, Biddle & Shanley
Hon. Carmen H. Alvarez, J.S.C.
Professor Michael P. Ambrosio, Seton Hall Law School
Frederic K. Becker, Esq., Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
Richard L. Bland Jr., Esq., Essex County Prosecutor's Office
Martha Chang
Hon. Rudy B. Coleman, J.S.C.
Clement J. Farley, Esq., McCarter & English
Rev. David I. Bulton,
Mary Jean Gallagher, Esq.
Hon. Alan B. Handler, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
Hon. Katharine S. Hayden, U.S.D.C.
Cynthia M. Jacob, Esq., Collier, Jacob & Mills
Peggy Sheehan Knee, Esq., Knee Law Firm
Professor John D. Leubsdorf, Rutgers - Newark
Joel A. Leyner, Esq., Chasan, Leyner, Bariso & Lamparello
Kevin H. Michels, Esq., Michels & Hockenjos
Melville D. Miller Jr., Esq., Legal Services of New Jersey, Inc.
Hon. Sylvia B. Pressler, P.J.A.D.
Raquel Romero, Esq.
Hon. Jack M. Sabatino, J.S.C.
Justin P. Walder, Esq., Walder, Hayden & Brogan
Hon. Dorothea O'C. Wefing, J.A.D.
E. Ronald Wright, Esq.

Committee Staff

Keith Endo, Esq.

Supreme Court of New Jersey Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Admissions

Hon. John E. Wallace Jr., J.A.D., Chair
John J. Francis Jr., Esq., Co-Chair
Hon. Victor Ashrafi, J.S.C.
Shacara N. Boone, Esq.
Associate Dean Ronald K. Chen, Rutgers Law School - Newark
Hon. Patricia K. Costello, J.S.C.
Hon. Mary Catherine Cuff, J.A.D.
Allen A. Etish, Esq.
Professor Paula A. Franzese, Seton Hall Law School
Ross Lewin, Esq.
Jeffrey J. Miller, Esq.
Hon. Edith K. Payne, J.A.D.
Darryl W. Simpkins, Esq.
Dean Rayman L. Solomon, Rutgers Law School - Camden
Hon. Donald H. Steckroth, United States Bankruptcy Court
Peter Tu, Esq.
Beverly A. Williams, Esq.
Hon. Joseph L. Yannotti, J.S.C.
E. Neal Zimmermann, Esq.

Committee Staff

Eugene Troche, Esq.
Martha Treese, Esq.
Samuel Uberman, Esq.

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