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OFFICERS

President
James A. Plaisted, Esq.
Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C.

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

Secretary/Treasurer
Andrew L. Rossner, Esq.
Rutgers Law School

Counselors
John P. Lacey, Esq.
Connell Foley LLP

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

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Timothy R. Anderson, Esq.
Law Offices of Timothy R. Anderson, LLC

Hon. Regina Caulfield
Superior Court of New Jersey

Hon. Marianne Espinosa, J.S.C.
Superior Court of New Jersey

John M. Fietkiewicz, Esq.
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

Aidan P. O'Connor, Esq.
Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C

Zahid N. Quraishi, Esq.
Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti 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 School students to enhance their skills and focus on emerging and important issues facing the bar and bench. Sponsored by Rutgers Law School, the Inn holds 2-hour meetings at the law school in Newark, followed by dinner. The Inn’s programs qualify for over 12 CLE credit hours, including ethics credits in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

James A. Plaisted of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C is the current president of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court, which is chartered by the American Inns of Court. Mr. Plaisted has decades of experience as a criminal defense attorney, civil litigator, and prosecutor. Jim did securities work in New York, and then served as Chief of the Fraud and Public Protection Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.

Meeting Dates for 2016-2017
September 22 or 29, 2016
October 27, 2016
December 1 or 8, 2016
January 26, 2017
March 23, 2017
May 11, 2017

The meeting time is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

Program Highlights *
Corporate Internal Investigations: Nuts, Bolts and Special Problems, including the Attorney-Client Privilege

Hon. Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Russell C. Deyo, retired Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of Johnson & Johnson; Carlos F. Ortiz, Partner, LeClair Ryan; Jacqueline C. Wolff, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; James A. Plaisted (moderator), Partner, Walder, Hayden & Brogan, P.A.

Joint Defense Issues: Privileges, Agreements, and Practical & Ethical Problems
Hon. Roberto A. Rivera-Soto, partner at Ballard Spahr, L.L.P., former NJ Supreme Court Justice; Hon. Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey; Justin P. Walder, Partner, Walder, Hayden & Brogan, P.A.; Samuel P. Moulthrop, Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP; James A. Plaisted (moderator), Partner, Walder, Hayden & Brogan, P.A.

Handling Parallel Criminal & Civil Investigations: Navigating the Waters in the Wake of Citigroup
John Farmer, Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark; Michael Martinez, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey; Jeffrey D. Smith, Partner, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP; John Michael Vazquez, Partner, Critchley, Kinum & Vazquez, LLC

Practical Considerations in Sentencing Advocacy
Stacy Biancamano, Arleo, Donahue & Biancamano; Honorable Stanley R. Chesler, Judge, United States District Court; Honorable Martin G. Cronin, Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey; Rachael Honig, Esq., Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey; Samuel P. Moulthrop, Partner, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP; Howard Zuckerman, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor's Office

Handling the Media in Cases with Notoriety: A Lawyer's Guide
Hon. Glenn J. Berman, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP; Joseph A. Hayden Jr., Walder Hayden P.A.; Kevin R. Gardner, Connell Foley LLP; Charles J. Sciarra, Sciarra & Catrambone, LLC; Mark Di Ionno, Columnist, The Star-Ledger

E-Discovery Issues in Federal Criminal Practice
Hon. Patty Shwartz, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals; Hon. Jose L. Linares, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; John M. Fietkiewicz, Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey; Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, former federal public defender and criminal defense attorney; Samuel P. Moulthrop, Partner, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP
 
An Evening with My Cousin Vinny: Trial Techniques from a Master!
Hon. Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey

Policing Corruption Investigations and Prosecutions:  Does the Remedy Fit the Harm?
Michael Critchley, Sr., founder of Critchley, Kinum & Vazquez, LLC; John Farmer, Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark; Joseph Hayden, founding partner of Walder, Hayden & Brogan, P.A.; Ralph Marra, senior vice president of the N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority; Josh Margolin, investigative reporter, New York Post; Ted Sherman, investigative reporter, The Star-Ledger

*Speakers' information at the time of the program.

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

Dues

Associate - less than 3 years of legal experience $125
Associate (Government) $100
Barrister - more than 3 years but less than 15 years of legal experience $200
Barrister (Government) $125
Master of the Bench - 15 or more years of legal experience $250
Master of the Bench (Government) $125

The dues paid to the Inn include the annual dues for the 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
Click here for the 2015-2016 C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court application.
2016-2017 application will be available by August 2016.

Program Registration
For public programs that are open to all members of the bar, register at Rutgers Institute for Professional Education's website, rutgerscle.com.

Contact Information
C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court
Rutgers Law School
Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-5928 
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