NJRA Redevelopment Training Institute to Offer

Continuing Legal Education Credits for NJ Attorneys

Institute's Courses Help Members of the New Jersey Bar Meet Professional Requirements


TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lori Grifa today announced that the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education has designated the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA) as an approved provider of Continuing Legal Education. Because of the designation, the NJRA can now offer continuing education credits to New Jersey attorneys to help them maintain their law license.

"The NJRA is pleased to be able to provide New Jersey's lawyers with continuing education opportunities through its Redevelopment Training Institute," said Commissioner Grifa, who serves as Chair of the NJRA. "As an attorney myself, I understand how important continuing legal education requirements are to the professional careers of lawyers practicing in New Jersey and to improving the overall standards of the legal profession."

The Redevelopment Training Institute (RTI) offers intensive training courses that focus on the redevelopment of New Jersey's communities. The RTI is designed to provide non-profit and for-profit developers, professional consultants, entrepreneurs, city/county staff, and lawyers with a body of knowledge of the redevelopment and real estate development process and project financing.

On October 4 and 5, the RTI will host a Redevelopment Planning Law course at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton. The course will provide a step-by-step overview and analysis of the redevelopment planning process with practical examples and case studies. It will be taught by experienced planners and attorneys who will cover the redevelopment planning process in New Jersey in relation to current legal challenges and recent legal decisions. Additionally, RTI will offer a Real Estate Project Feasibility course on November 9 and 10 also at Thomas Edison in Trenton. The Real Estate Project Feasibility course gives a comprehensive review of the assessment that takes place prior to the acquisition or development of commercial property.

"We want to provide attorneys in New Jersey with the knowledge and instruction they need to successfully redevelop urban areas in our state that aren't meeting their full potential," said NJRA Executive Director Leslie A. Anderson. "In the process of this important work, the NJRA is also happy to assist the lawyers in meeting their professional requirements."

Effective January 1, 2010, all lawyers holding a license to practice law in the State of New Jersey are required to participate in the mandatory continuing legal education program set by the Board on Continuing Legal Education. The program is designed to ensure that lawyers licensed to practice law in New Jersey are up-to-date in the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their professional responsibilities and obligations. Every active lawyer is required to complete 24 credit hours of continuing legal education every two years.

The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, a DCA affiliate, is an independent authority committed to revitalizing urban New Jersey. NJRA invests financial and technical resources into redevelopment projects to ensure that projects are urban-focused, neighborhood-based and investment-driven.

For further information on the NJRA RTI, including application information and registration, please call 609-292-0031, or log on to http://www.njra.us/rti.