July 7, 2011
New Chair of State Bar Administrative Section Invites Businesses, Consumers to Join Government Reform Efforts
“The Administrative Law Section will expand upon its traditional administrative procedure focus to become a place where stakeholders can develop and advance regulatory reform measures,” said Mr. Josephson, partner-in-charge of the Regulatory & Government Affairs and Hospitality & Gaming Law practice groups of the law firm of Hill Wallack LLP. “Business and consumer advocates that see the need for regulatory reform will have a place to draft and advance their proposals.”
The Section is seeking to increase its membership among in-house, law firm, and government attorneys by expanding the Section’s focus to include more than formal administrative hearings. Members of the Administrative Law Section are attorneys involved in the administration of government, including state regulation of businesses. Many work with or for the government and write, interpret and enforce regulations in diverse areas including consumer protection, professional licensing, economic development, environmental, land use, health, banking and insurance.
The Administrative Law Section also will focus on governmental procurement and ethics issues, such as pay to play; ethics standards for legislators; executive branch officials and vendors; as well as the regulation of lobbying the legislative and executive branches, said Mr. Josephson. “We will work with the State Bar’s industry-specific sections and serve as a primary advocate on these cross-cutting issues.”
The State Bar has reinvigorated the Section this year with an all new leadership slate. The expanded goals of the Section are the result of input gathered from attorneys across New Jersey as well as Bar and Section leadership.