Each year, the Salem County Bar Association hosts various legal, social, educational, and community events. Some of our more popular events are described below:
Annual Shad Dinner
The Shad Dinner is likely our most popular event of all. This Dinner is an opportunity for Judges and Attorneys to come together and enjoy an exciting evening of good food and camaraderie. The event is always well-attended and dignitaries from all over join us for a riveting evening. Although this event is sometimes referred to across the State as Salem County's social event of the season, it is deep rooted in local tradition:
"The American shad, Alosa Sapidisama, if you will, an iridescent master of the currents, is an anadromous swimmer, which means that it spends most of its life in the ocean, returning in the spring to fresh water to spawn. The singularity and mystery of the shad is that it always returns to its natal streams and rivers. The Delaware River shad run is returning to its peak of the early 1900's, thanks to clean-up activities all along the river. Unfortunately, the shad is only present in Salem County waters for approximately one month per year. The only method to catch shad in the Delaware River where it borders Salem County is by gill netting. Although this is a means of livelihood for most shad fisherman, it also provides a pleasant pastime which is enjoyed by several members of the Salem County Bar Association. Dedicated to William "Bucky" Buckalew, the Shad Man, 1913-1984."
For more information about the Annual Shad Dinner, please contact our Shad Dinner Chairperson Frank Hoerst at 856-769-1700.
Each year, the Salem County Bar Association participates in a Law Day Program which is coordinated by our Vicinage Ombudsman, the Law Day Chairperson and the Mock Trial Coordinator. The program, which is designed to celebrate Law Day, is held at the Salem County Courthouse and is open to the public. Judges of the County and Vicinage XV and local attorneys are asked to participate. A guest speaker addresses the theme of Law Day. There is a review of the High School Mock Trial case and Certificates are then presented to all mock trial participants. The County Champion is presented with an engraved plaque courtesy of the Salem County Bar Association. In years past, the Salem County Sheriff's Department and the Salem County Prosecutor's Office have offered exciting presentations as well. This event is a fun-filled afternoon for all involved and is often well attended by members of the community, the Judiciary and the legal profession. If you would like more information about Salem County's Law Day Program, please feel free to contact our Vicinage XV Ombudsman Sandra Lopez at 856-453-4538, our Law Day Chairperson Tracey Oandasan at 856-624-4074 or our Mock Trial Coordinators Tina DiNicola at 856-299-0281 or Shanna McCann at 856-769-9001.
This project is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. For additional information about the Foundation's other law-related activities, please call 1-800-FREE-LAW or visit the Foundation on the Web at www.njsbf.org.
Holiday Charitable Endeavor
Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition
Each year, local high school students are given the opportunity to become attorneys, witnesses and jurors during the Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition. This statewide Mock Trial program is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation in cooperation with the State’s 21 County Bar Associations, and made possible through funding from the New Jersey IOLTA Fund. The Salem County Bar Association is a proud supporter of this program, and each year we have dozens of local volunteers who offer their time and talents to make the program an enjoyable educational experience for the participants.
Meet the Law Clerks Event
Traditionally, the Salem County Bar Association has been hosting a Meet the Law Clerks event in the early Fall on the Deck at the Riverview Inn. All Vicinage XV Law Clerks and their Judges are invited to attend, along with the members of the Salem County Bar Association. This is a great opportunity for the members of the Salem County Bar Association to meet the incoming law clerks, and for the law clerks to get to know us. This "meet and greet" event has become a popular tradition in our County.
From time to time, the Salem County Bar Association will co-sponsor Continuing Legal Education programs. The seminars are held at the Salem County Courthouse or at a local restaurant here in the County. These CLE programs are often offered at low-cost or no-cost to the attendants and have been very well attended. The presentations are typically made by members of the Salem County Bar Association and cover topics that are of interest to our membership.
Each year the Salem County Bar Association has a Holiday Party for the members. The members are invited to bring their spouses and guests for a fun-filled evening of food and fellowship. The event is typically held in early December and has been held at various locations throughout the County, such as The Rushes, DiPaolo's Italian Ristorante and the Salem City Cafe. This annual event is often well-attended by the membership and is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season.
Bench-Bar Meetings are held from time to time at the Salem County Courthouse. The Chairperson of a Practice Committee will coordinate these meetings between members of the Bar Association that practice in a particular area of the law and the Salem County Judge who is currently handling those matters. The meetings are arranged on an as-needed basis and provide the membership and the Court with an opportunity to meet and discuss topics of mutual interest and concern.