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 continuing legal education credit hours, including ethics credits in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Join the Heckel Inn by downloading an application, or contacting info@IPE.rutgers.edu or 973-353-5928.

Program Resources
  • Meeting Dates
  • Past Program Highlights
  • Membership Types and Dues
  • Officers and Executive Committee
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
  • Contact Information

Meeting Dates for 2016-2017

September 28, 2016

October 27, 2016

December 1, 2016

January 26, 2017

March 23, 2017

May 11, 2017


Meeting Topic for March 23, 2017

Understanding and Navigating the Federal Sentencing Minefield

The program will provide an overview of the background and basic structure and rules of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and address the application of the Guidelines to situations common to federal practitioners. A number of applications of the Guidelines wukk be addressed in connection with financial and tax crimes and drug offenses, among others, through case studies and practice tips.

Speakers:

Tim Anderson

Law Offices of Timothy R. Anderson, LLC and Master of the Inn

Jacob T. Elberg

Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Health Care and Government Fraud Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey

Aidan P. O’Connor

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden and Master of the Inn

Jeffrey D. Smith

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP and Master of the Inn


Meeting Topic for January 26, 2017

Criminal Justice Bail Reform: It's NOW

New Jersey’s comprehensive criminal justice reform is now in effect. This program addressed questions such as: How is bail reform actually working? How long will clients be held before you can engineer a bail hearing? What can you to do expedite it? How do you escape detention for your client and achieve release?

Speakers:

Honorable Regina Caulfield

Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Division

Brian J. Neary

The Law Offices of Brian J. Neary, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys

Christopher F. Schellhorn

Assistant Prosecutor, Major Crimes Unit/Arson-Environmental Unit, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office

Participants' Feedback:

  1. Great presentation especially considering that the new bail system is just being implemented.
  2. Confusing subject matter made simple!
  3. The topic, speaker and materials provided surpassed my expectations.
  4. Glad to have speakers who ask questions to audience in between rather than after. Good to have both prosecutor view and defense view. Very knowledgeable speakers. Left with very clear understanding on a topic I had little to no information about prior to this CLE.

Meeting Topic for December 1, 2016

Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Practice

This fast paced ethics program focused on real ethical issues that confront criminal law practitioners through the use of hypothetical fact patterns based upon recent ethics cases. 

Speaker:

Andrew L. Rossner

Master of the Bench of the Inn

Associate Dean for Professional and Skills Education

Practice Professor of Law

Director, Rutgers Institute for Professional Education

Rutgers Law School

Participants' Feedback:

  1. Interesting and engaging discussion that kept the audience involved. Good use of hypotheticals.
  2. Best ethics CLE I’ve be to! Very interesting and informative.
  3. Always great!
  4. Excellent, stimulating discussion.

Meeting Topic for October 27, 2016

The Art and Science of Jury Selection

This program discussed using social science analytical tools to evaluate potential jurors and using voir dire and juror profiling during selection.  Howard Schlesinger, an experienced jury consultant, gave a presentation with perspectives offered by a prosecutor and defense attorneys. The speakers are:

  • Paul B. Brickfield, a criminal defense attorney and principal of Brickfield & Donahue in River Edge, New Jersey
  • Christopher Schellhorn, Jr. is a Barrister of the Inn, and assistant prosecutor with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Howard G. Schlesinger is a trial and jury consultant and principal of Schlesinger Trial & Jury Consulting, LLC , as well as an attorney and principla of Schlesinger Associates
  • James L. Sonageri is a Master of the Bench of the Inn, and principal of Sonageri & Fallon, LLC in Hackensack, New Jersey

Participants' Feedback:

  1. The inclusion of sample materials and NJ statutes/rules in the program materials is very useful.
  2. Always great.

Meeting Topic for September 28, 2016

The Art of the Appeal: What to Do and What to Avoid

The esteemed panel of sitting and retired judges and justices addressed practice before the Appellate Division and Third Circuit. Attendees had the benefit of hearing the judicial perspective on what to do and what to avoid when handling appeals.



We thank our speakers:

The Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.

Judge | U.S. Court of Appeals | Third Circuit

   

The Honorable Anne W. Patterson

Associate Justice | Supreme Court of New Jersey

   

The Honorable Gary S. Stein

Special Counsel | Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C.

Retired Associate Justice | Supreme Court of New Jersey

       

The Honorable James R. Zazzali

Of Counsel | Gibbons P.C.

Retired Chief Justice | Supreme Court of New Jersey

Retired Attorney General | State of New Jersey

   

The Honorable Marianne Espinosa

Judge | Appellate Division | Superior Court of New Jersey

   

James A. Plaisted (moderator)

Member | Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C.

Partcipants' Feedback:

  1. This was an outstanding presentation – full of exceptional materials and great speakers.
  2. Excellent panel.
  3. Excellent program! Really fantastic panel! Thank you!
  4. I especially enjoyed the “behind the scenes” insights of the panel.
  5. Always great!
  6. Very useful and informative.
  7. Great panel of distinguished judges!

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 New Jersey 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.

Associate - 3 years or less of legal experience $125
Associate (Government) $100
Barrister - 4 or more 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.

 

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

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 PC

Zahid N. Quraishi, Esq.

Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP

James L. Sonageri, Esq.

Sonageri & Fallon LLC

 

Rutgers Institute for Professional Education is the approved New Jersey and Pennsylvania continuing legal education provider for Rutgers Law School and the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court. Approved CLE programs also qualify for New York CLE credit pursuant to the New York Approved Jurisdiction policy.

Heckel Inn members, Rutgers Law alumni, and ALL ATTORNEYS may take the high-quality, engaging, and affordable CLE programs offered by the Institute for Professional Education at Rutgers Law School at both Camden and Newark throughout the year. 

For a list and details of Rutgers CLE programs, visit rutgerscle.com, email info@IPE.rutgers.edu, or call 973-353-5928.

C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court

Rutgers Law School

Center for Law and Justice

123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

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