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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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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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 ATTORNEY

    Prominent Local Government Law Firm has immediate opportunity for an attorney licensed to practice in New Jersey. The successful candidate would represent municipalities, planning/zoning boards and authorities, and be available to attend evening meetings. The candidate must have litigation experience, be highly motivated, and possess strong writing, research, communication and interpersonal skills. Resumes with writing sample should be e-mailed to or mailed to The Buzak Law Group, LLC, 150 River Road, Suite N-4, Montville, N.J. 07045.
  • 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
  • ANNUAL MEETING AND SOCIAL EVENT HELD IN ATLANTIC CITY

    ANNUAL MEETING AND SOCIAL EVENT HELD IN ATLANTIC CITY NJILGA’s Annual Business Meeting was held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, immediately following the conclusion of the Institute’s CLE Programs at the Convention Center in Atlantic City. Agenda items included the election of officers and one half of NJILGA’s Trustees from all vicinages in New Jersey and other regular business. Officers elected are: President John Gillespie of Mt. Laurel, 1st Vice President Richard Cushing of Clinton; 2nd Vice President Michelle Donato of Lavallette; Treasurer Steven Goodell of Lawrenceville and Secretary Douglas Heinold of Moorestown.

    The following Trustees were elected for a two-year term from their respective vicinages: Steven Kleinman (Hudson), Sharon Dragan (Mercer), Jean Kephart Cipriani (Ocean), Donald Sears (Middlesex), Lani Lombardi (Monmouth), Ronald Mondello (Morris/Sussex), Michael Pasquale (Passaic), Leslie Parikh (Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren), William Holzapfel (Union), Robert Regan (Bergen) and George Botcheos (Camden)

    .Following the Annual Meeting, the Institute’s Social Event was held at the Hard Rock Cafe. The agenda for the Social Event included the swearing in of newly elected Officers and Trustees, presentation of the prestigious William Cox Award and enjoyment of the Institute’s famous lamb chops and other refreshments. The Institute thanks First Vice President and Event Chair John Gillespie and his Committee for their efforts in providing a comprehensive offering of successful CLE programs and a very enjoyable social event.
  • 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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  • SUCCESSFUL CLE PROGRAMS IN ATLANTIC CITY

    SUCCESSFUL CLE PROGRAMS IN ATLANTIC CITY The New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, in cooperation with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, provided a full slate of CLE programs at the State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on November 14 & 15, 2018. A complete listing of the programs given, as well as the CLE credits available, is shown at the link below. All CLE programs (http://www.njilga.org/njlm-conf-cle-programs.pdf) were free to registrants of the League Conference. Attendees are reminded to log onto the League’s CEU tracking system to print out their certificates of attendance. Read More
  • HEINOLD IS NEW NJILGA SECRETARY

    HEINOLD IS NEW NJILGA SECRETARY Douglas Heinold of Moorestown has been elected Secretary of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. Heinold, of the firm of Raymond Coleman Heinold & Norman, LLP, has been practicing in the field of local government law for over 15 years and currently represents numerous South Jersey municipalities at the governing body and land use board levels. He previously served as a NJILGA Trustee. Read More
  • NJILGA ELECTS TRUSTEES

    NJILGA ELECTS TRUSTEES
    James W. Burns, David S. DeWeese and Edward Purcell have been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.

    Burns, of the firm of Dembo, Brown & Burns in Mr. Laurel, currently serves as Solicitor to numerous planning and zoning boards in Camden and Gloucester Counties, and will represent the Camden vicinage. He specializes in Municipal Land Use Law and is experienced in handling all facets relating to land use and development applications before local planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment (Full bio).

    DeWeese, of the Atlantic/Cape May vicinage, is the Senior Partner of The DeWeese Law Firm and previously served as Solicitor and Prosecutor for the City of North Wildwood and Prosecutor for the Borough of Stone Harbor. He also served as a Municipal Court Judge in a number of municipalities in Cape May County, and is currently serving as Fund Solicitor and Subrogation Attorney for three Municipal Joint Insurance Funds, supervising all of the litigation on behalf of 104 South Jersey municipalities (Full bio).

    Purcell, an At-Large Trustee, practices at the DeFrancesco, Bateman, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer & Flaum Law Firm in Warren, and advises and represents local governments in general, municipal, land use and tax matters. He is a former Staff Attorney to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. He also serves as special counsel to numerous municipalities in telecommunications matters.
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