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Dear Colleagues – It’s my honor to serve as Executive Director of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys. I am also privileged to act as NJILGA’s “Webmaster.” We are pleased to present our revised and updated website, which we hope will enhance your membership experience. In the meantime, if you need any assistance in accessing your membership information or benefits, please feel free to contact me at 908-735-8876 or Send us an Email
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Local Government Law Review
The Local Goverment Law Review is a comprehensive review and analysis of legislative and court cases in NJ affecting municipal law. By joining NJILGA you too can have access to the information you need regarding New Jersey local goverment law and recent court cases
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NJILGA Diplomate Certificate
Diplomate in Local Government Law is awarded by NJILGA. The Diplomate Program is a voluntary educational program that consists of six separate courses. The courses cover a broad area of municipal practice and are taught by attorneys or licensed professionals in their respective disciplines. The courses are...
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • NJILGA TO PRESENT CLE PROGRAMS IN ATLANTIC CITY

    NJILGA TO PRESENT CLE PROGRAMS IN ATLANTIC CITY The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys will provide an extensive selection of CLE programs at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on November 20 & 21, 2019. A complete listing of the scheduled programs, as well as the CLE credits available, is shown at the link below. All CLE programs are free to registrants of the League Conference. Visit our Joint Session on Wednesday, Nov. 20th

    ANNUAL MEETING AND SOCIAL EVENT IN ATLANTIC CITY
    NJILGA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., immediately following the conclusion of the Institute’s CLE Programs at the Convention Center in Atlantic City. More Information

    Shuttle Bus Schedule for League Conference in Atlantic City
    Experience shows the shuttle bus system is the best method for getting around Atlantic City. More Information
  • NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage

    NJILA Trustee Vacancy in Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage Any NJILGA member interested in being considered for nomination as a Trustee of the Institute from Atlantic-Cape May is invited to submit a resume or biographical information to Robert F. Renaud, Esq., Chair, Nominating Committee at . Trustee candidates must have an office or reside in the Atlantic-Cape May Vicinage. Trustees serve a term of two years. There are two trustees from each vicinage. Trustees are members of the Board of Directors of the Institute, the body which operates the Institute between annual meetings. The Trustees generally meet three times per year, in the evening. For additional information, contact Mr. Renaud. Please submit information by November 7, 2019.
  • Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. – In Memorium

    Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. – In Memorium NJILGA Past President Martin Thomas Durkin, Sr. of Lexington, Kentucky formerly of Ridgefield Park, NJ passed away on October 17, 2019 at the age of 88. Martin had a distinguished career as a New Jersey attorney and was the recipient of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys’ Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award for his contributions in the area of municipal law. In keeping with his passion for protecting the rights of municipal entities and the residents they serve, Martin was counsel of record in numerous cases on behalf of Ridgefield Park and nearby municipalities in his 50+ year career. Most notably, Martin (along with co-counsel from Teaneck) successfully enjoined Bergen County from allowing the county to operate a landfill on land that had been donated by Ridgefield Park and Teaneck for use as a park. This land now comprises Overpeck County Park, regarded as one of the top ten parks in NJ. A man of strong faith and ethics, he was a graduate of St. Cecilia’s High School in Englewood, St. Peter’s College and NYU Law School. Over his life he was on several local boards and committees and believed strongly in service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s University, 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306 and St. Francis Church RC, Ridgefield Park, NJ.

    Visitation November 8th, 4-7pm at Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home, 59 Main Street, Ridgefield Park. Funeral mass November 9th at 11am at St. Francis RC Church, Ridgefield Park, NJ, followed by burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Tenafly, NJ.
  • NJILGA Mourns William J. Hamilton, Jr.

    NJILGA Mourns William J. Hamilton, Jr. NJILGA Trustee, William J. Hamliton, Jr,. former Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly and state senator representing parts of Middlesex and Somerset Counties, died Oct. 10, 2019. He was 86. Bill lived most of his life in New Brunswick, where he served as city attorney from 1986 until he retired, and later as special counsel to the law department. He also served as local government attorney for Highland Park, South Brunswick, Winfield Park and Carteret. He graduated from St. Peter’s High School (1950), Rutgers University (1954) and Georgetown University Law School (1960). In 2009, he earned a master’s degree in history from Monmouth University. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy (1954-1958) and later in the reserves, rising to the rank of captain. In 1962, he was appointed First Assistant U.S. Attorney in Jacksonville, by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. He prosecuted civil and criminal cases including a landmark civil rights case.

    Bill was a distinguished political leader serving in the General Assembly from 1972-1978 and New Jersey Senate 1978-1982. He held various leadership positions in the assembly, rising to Speaker of the House in 1977. In 1981, he sought the Democratic nomination for governor. He was a valued Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, serving as its legislative chairman and was beloved by all the Officers and Trustees.

    Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3-7 p.m. at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. mass at St. Peter The Apostle, Somerset Street, New Brunswick. Interment to follow mass at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Eagleton Institute programming/scholarships in memory of Senator Bill Hamilton. Contributions should be written to the Rutgers University Foundation, PO Box 193, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901.
  • NJILGA HOSTED SOUTH JERSEY NETWORKING SOCIAL

    NJILGA HOSTED SOUTH JERSEY NETWORKING SOCIAL The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys hosted a South Jersey Networking Social Event on October 28, 2019 at Auburn Road Vineyards in Pilesgrove, N.J. Admission was free for members and non-members. Complimentary appetizers were provided by the Raymond Coleman Heinold and Parker McCay law firms. The attendees enjoyed the delicious appetizers and networking with their fellow South Jersey colleagues. NJILGA thanks our law firm sponsors for supporting this event, and membership chair Ed Purcell. It is anticipated that this will become an annual South Jersey event. A similar networking social is being planned for North Jersey for early next year.
  • NJILGA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR STICKEL AWARD

    NJILGA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR STICKEL AWARD The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys is seeking nominations for “The Fred G. Stickel Memorial Award”. This is an annual award that has been created by the NJILGA to honor a member of the New Jersey bar who has demonstrated excellence in the field of public sector law and has contributed time and effort to advance the interests of municipal law. Read More
  • LIGHTHOUSE AWARD TO WILLIAM HOLZAPFEL

    LIGHTHOUSE AWARD TO WILLIAM HOLZAPFEL NJILGA Trustee William R. Holzapfel has been selected by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as the 2019 recipient of the Lighthouse Award. This recognition is bestowed periodically to individuals who have exhibited the utmost professionalism and integrity throughout their legal career and who serve as an inspiration to their colleagues in the legal profession. Based on Holzapfel’s extensive and impressive work in government and in other professional and community activities, the Commission decided to honor his outstanding service with this exclusive award. The Lighthouse Award will be presented at the Commission’s Annual Professionalism Luncheon on October 23, 2019 at Pines Manor in Edison. Read More
  • GILLESPIE RECEIVES 2019 PROFESSIONAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

    GILLESPIE RECEIVES 2019 PROFESSIONAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARD NJILGA President John C. Gillespie, a Parker McCay shareholder and chair of the municipal and government practice group, has been named Professional Lawyer of the Year by the Burlington County Bar Association (“BCBA”) and Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Gillespie began his law career 40 years ago and is being recognized for his extensive professional accomplishments and community service contributions.... Read More
  • EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY -- LOCAL GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS

  • CENTRAL JERSEY NETWORKING SOCIAL

    CENTRAL JERSEY NETWORKING SOCIAL The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys hosted a Networking Social Event for Central Jersey Local Government Attorneys on July 30th at Project Pub in Somerville. Admission was free for members and non-members, and complimentary appetizers were provided by the DiFrancesco Bateman and Gebhardt and Kiefer Law Firms. All the attendees seemed to enjoy the event. NJILGA thanks our sponsors and Chair, Ed Purcell, for making this event possible. Ed is already planning another Central Jersey Networking Social for next year and it is hoped that this will become an annual event. Similar Networking Socials are also being planned for North and South Jersey.
  • NJILGA Hosts Successful Mid-Year Seminar

    NJILGA Hosts Successful Mid-Year Seminar




    The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, in conjunction with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, held a successful half-day program on Legal Updates for New Jersey Local Government Attorneys at the Conference Center at Mercer in West Windsor on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Programs included “Issues Regarding the Use of Social Media,” with NJILGA Past President and NJLM Deputy League General Counsel, Trishka Waterbury Cecil, Esq. of Mason Griffin Pearson, PC of Princeton, “Employment Law Update,” with NJILGA Trustee Leslie Parikh, Esq. of Gebhardt and Keifer PC in Clinton and “Professional and Ethical Obligations of Municipal Attorneys,” with NJILGA President and NJLM League Associate Counsel, John Gillespie of Parker McCay of Mt. Laurel. Attendees received 3.6 CEU’s including 1.2 in Ethics. NJILGA and NJLM extend their appreciation to the above speakers for their valuable contributions to the mid-year seminar, which is anticipated to become an annual event. Copies of written materials from the programs are available in the Members Section. Read More
  • NJILGA HOSTED ITS ANNUAL BASEBALL EVENT

    NJILGA HOSTED ITS ANNUAL BASEBALL EVENT The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys held its annual baseball event on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Lakewood Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood, NJ for their game against West Virginia Power. Members and guests enjoyed a buffet picnic prior to the baseball game. Event Chairman Ray Bolanowski promised that the weather would be beautiful and it was! NJILGA thanks Ray and his Committee for another enjoyable baseball event.
  • NJILGA ELECTS TRUSTEES

    NJILGA ELECTS TRUSTEES Eileen Fahey and David Frank have been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. Eileen Fahey has been practicing municipal, land use and real estate law for 30 years representing both public entities and private clients. She has served as counsel for a number of Burlington County municipalities and has represented the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Housing Authority. David C. Frank’s solo practice in Burlington County has been focused on land use, real estate, and land preservation matters since 1999. His clients include municipalities, farmers, landowners, developers and construction businesses. . Read More
  • STEVE GOODELL HONORED BY ADAM TALIAFEERO FOUNDATION

    STEVE GOODELL HONORED BY ADAM TALIAFEERO FOUNDATION NJILGA Treasurer Steve Goodell has received the Adam Taliaferro Award for Courage during the annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation Gala on Friday, March 8th at Penn’s Landing Caterers in Philadelphia. Goodell, a Mercer County attorney with Parker McCay, PA, represents the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the governing body for New Jersey High School Sports. The award is given to individuals who have overcome severe adversity in their lives. After a terrible cycling accident that left him badly injured, Steve fought with unwaivering determination and courage to get back to work and to life (see also Goodell Elected Treasurer below). Read More
  • GOODELL ELECTED TREASURER

    GOODELL ELECTED TREASURER Steven P. Goodell of Lawrenceville has moved up the line of NJILGA Officers from Secretary to Treasurer, following elections at the November Business Meeting in Atlantic City. Goodell, of the Parker McCay Law Firm suffered a traumatic bicycle accident in October of 2016 which left him paralyzed from the chest down. With the assistance of his wife, Laurel Goodell, a lecturer in the Geosciences Department at Princeton University, and many others, Steve has heroically battled back from his injuries, recovering to return to his legal practice, including resuming his position as general counsel to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Read More
  • DRAGAN NAMED DIRECTOR WITH MG&P

    DRAGAN NAMED DIRECTOR WITH MG&P NJILGA Trustee Sharon A. Dragan has been named a Director and Shareholder with Mason, Griffin & Pierson in Princeton. Dragan received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she served as Bureau Editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She practices in the areas of local government law, zoning and land use law, real estate law, and estate law. Sharon is Attorney for the Townships of Readington, Alexandria and Delaware and is Attorney for Special Open Space Counsel of West Amwell Township. She served on the District XIII Ethics Committee for several years. In addition to her NJILGA Trustee position, she is a member of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey State and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations.
  • Amicus Brief Sways Supreme Court

    Amicus Brief Sways Supreme Court Dear Members: A QUICK SHOUTOUT TO NJILGA AND A FEW OF ITS MEMBERS: Attached please find Monday’s NJ Supreme Court decision in Carabello v. City of Jersey City, a case in which NJILGA participated as Amici w/ NJSLOM, and the NJ MEL/JIF, referenced collectively in the Opinion as the “Municipal Amici”, briefed and argued by NJILGA member Dorsey and Semrau, where our Trustee John Jansen serves as Of Counsel . The Court makes a point on p.9 of identifying an issue presented separately by Muni Amici: “Those amici also urge this Court to conclude that medical treatment cannot qualify as a reasonable accommodation under the LAD. They argue that Caraballo’s position, if accepted, would allow employees to ‘leverage the threat of a LAD suit against an employer’ if a demand for workers’ compensation benefits is denied.” The Court then “considers the question of first impression posed by this case to offer guidance on a matter of considerable public importance: whether the alleged failure to provide an employee w/ knee surgery can serve as the basis for a viable failure-to-accommodate claim.” (op., p.13). The Court then concludes in favor of the City on this issue raised by the Municipal Amici. Congratulations to Fred Semrau and his team, and to John and Fred and their Firm for accepting the assignment and on delivering such outstanding work; and to the NJILGA Amicus Committee for recognizing the value of participating in a case like this. Once again, NJILGA breaks new ground in the area of Local Government Law. Well done!Cordially,John C. Gillespie, President Read More
  • Tax Court Rules in Favor of Hopewell Borough

    Tax Court Rules in Favor of Hopewell Borough Judge Mary Siobhan Brennan of the New Jersey Tax Court on January 28, 2019 rendered the Court’s Opinion after trial in Verizon New Jersey, Inc. v. Borough of Hopewell, in which the Court adopts a definition of the Hopewell Telephone Exchange that resulted in the Court finding in favor of the Borough and affirming the imposition of the business personal property tax imposed under N.J.S.A. 54:4-1. Read More
  • GILLESPIE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NJILGA

    GILLESPIE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NJILGA Incoming President John Gillespie is sworn in by Senior Trustee William KearnsProminent South Jersey Attorney John C. Gillespie has been elected President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys at the Institute’s Annual Business Meeting in Atlantic City. His two-year term commences on January 1, 2019. Mr. Gillespie is a partner at Parker McCay in Mt. Laurel and is chair of Parker McCay's Municipal and Government Department. He has represented public entities, as well as land use applicants, for 35 years. Read More
  • F. CLIFFORD GIBBONS RECEIVES WILLIAM COX AWARD

    F. CLIFFORD GIBBONS RECEIVES WILLIAM COX AWARD William M. Cox Award Recipient Clifford Gibbons (center) is congratulated by NJILGA immediate Past President, Ron Cucchiaro and 2nd Vice President, Michele Donato.



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