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OFFICERS

President
Andrew L. Rossner
Rutgers School of Law–Newark

Secretary/Treasurer
James A. Plaisted, Esq.
Walder, Hayden & Brogan, P.A.

Counselor
Hon. Marianne Espinosa, JSC
Superior Court of New Jersey

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

John P. Lacey, Esq.
Connell Foley LLP

Samuel Moulthrop, Esq.
Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP

Jeffrey D. Smith, Esq.
DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP

James L. Sonageri, Esq.
Sonageri & Fallon LLC

Heckel Inn of Court

The C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court was founded in 1990 to further civility and excellence in the practice of law in New Jersey in both the state and federal courts. The Inn’s core focus is on criminal and related civil practice in both the federal and state court systems, although many of its programs involve issues of broader appeal to the bar.

The Inn brings together highly experienced and distinguished justices, judges, trial attorneys, members of the bar, and Rutgers law students to enhance their skills and focus on emerging and important issues facing the bar and bench. Sponsored by Rutgers School of Law–Newark, the Inn holds meetings at the law school, typically accompanied by dinner or cocktails. The Inn’s programs qualify for continuing legal education credit in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Samuel P. Moulthrop of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP is the current president of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court, which is chartered by the American Inns of Court. Mr. Moulthrop heads Riker Danzig's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and is a member of the firm’s Environmental Group. Before joining the firm, he served in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey. During his tenure, Mr. Moulthrop served as Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Appeals Division, Deputy Chief of the Fraud and Public Protection Division, and Chief of the Environmental Section.

Meeting Dates for 2014-2015

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - make-up date

Meeting Topics for 2013-2014

October 28, 2013 - Ethical and Effective Witness Preparation
November 20, 2013 - Ethics of Criminal Practice
March 12, 2014 - E-discovery Issues in Criminal Cases
April 9, 2014 - Cross Examination Skills Training (Inn members only)
May 14, 2014 - Hot Topics in Cyber Crime (open to the public)

The meeting time is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

Program Registration
For programs open to all members of the bar, register at Rutgers Institute for Professional Education's website http://www.rutgerscle.com/.

Membership Types
The Inn is currently accepting applications from prospective attorney applicants in the following member categories:
  •  Master of the Bench – attorneys with 15 or more years of legal experience
  •  Barrister – attorneys with more than 3 years but less than 15 years of legal experience
  •  Associate – attorneys with less than 3 years of legal experience
  •  Pupil – current students at Rutgers School of Law-Newark

Dues
The dues for this program are $200.00 per year for Masters and Barristers, ($150.00 per year for government employed Masters and Barristers), $150.00 per year for Associates, and free for Pupils. The dues paid to the Inn include the annual dues for the American Inns of Court. All members of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court are enrolled as members of the national American Inns of Court. Members attend Inn programs free as part of the membership, though attendance at the dinners and cocktail hours may be for an additional fee.

Application
For an application or questions about the Inn, please call 973-353-5928 or e-mail arossner@kinoy.rutgers.edu.

Contact Information
C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court
Rutgers School of Law–Newark
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
| Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-5928
| 973-353-1445 fax | arossner@kinoy.rutgers.edu