Kenneth Vercammen is a Middlesex County trial attorney who has published 130 articles in national and New Jersey publications on Criminal Law and litigation topics. He was awarded the NJ State State Bar Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year. He lectures and handles criminal cases, Municipal Court, DWI, traffic and other litigation matters. He is Co Chair of the ABA Criminal Law Committee, GP and was a speaker at the ABA Annual Meeting. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us or New clients email us evenings and weekends go to www.njlaws.com/ContactKenV.htm

Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C,

2053 Woodbridge Avenue,

Edison, NJ 08817,

(732) 572-0500,

www.njlaws.com

Friday, January 20, 2017

METUCHEN PUBLIC DEFENDER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

         METUCHEN PUBLIC DEFENDER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

         At the request of several placement offices, we have established the volunteer Metuchen Public Defender Volunteer Internships Program. We also have the Law Office Internship Program for persons at my private law office for students who are not able to participate in the Public Defender program.

         The Public Defenders provide Indigent individuals charged with criminal or serious motor vehicle charges with free or limited cost legal defense. The Public Defender of Metuchen invites students interested in attending law school or a career in law enforcement to apply to serve as volunteer interns. Volunteer Law Clerk interns will attend Wednesday evening and occasional Friday morning court sessions.

Volunteer Internship Description:

-Interview Clients facing charges in Municipal Court including Drug Possession, Drunk Driving, Assault, Driving While Suspended and other criminal and traffic offenses

-Make demands for Discovery on Prosecutor and review police reports
-Attend hearings and learn from experienced trial attorneys

-Prepare Motions to Suppress Evidence and Motions to Compel Discovery
-Conduct appropriate Legal research
-Acquire skills in Criminal Law and Procedure by active participation
-Participate in Public Relations activities and help organize seminars
- Update Lists of Prosecutors, Judges and Attorneys for publication of
    NJ Municipal Court Law Review
- Revise criminal and traffic law Articles and submit to Law Journals and criminal law websites.
        Volunteer to help indigent people charged with criminal and motor vehicle offenses of magnitude. In additional to time in court, you will be given research assignments. You can work more hours if you want. Help people less fortunate than you who are down on their luck.

          When I was in law school,  I didn't have a lawyer or mentor from whom I could get "off the record" advice.  Law schools and pre-law programs don't teach students how to practice law or serve clients.  We try to "give a chance" to deserving law students and paralegals. I promise you will learn New Jersey Law and Procedures.  On your first day, we will provide you with training materials and computer assistance.  We provide detailed instructions on office procedures, how to use the Macintosh computer and how to work on files. 

         When I was in law school, we were only told to memorize substantive law and to repeat the law on tests.  Very little was taught on how to practice law, work in an office or handle responsibility.  Most young lawyers have difficulty adapting in their first law firm job.  We now provide law practice management skills such as using computers in litigation, completing time sheets and interview/investigation techniques. You will use the Macintosh to type, spell check and print form letters to clients informing them of hearings or motions.
 
    Law Clerks read the files and are permitted to handle phone calls out to obtain information needed, such as speaking with police and prosecutors to obtain discovery and police reports.

         Many law firms use law clerks as research only tools.  Law Clerks handle day-to-day telephone follow up tasks and chase adversaries and government departments who failed to respond to our Requests for Documents or did not comply with subpoenas.

         There are many responsibilities, which each law clerk must assume.  They must work as regular employees, appear in professional Court attire and complete assigned work tasks rather than sit around.  My own internship experience was not a useful experience because the office I clerked for had no assigned tasks, no specific days to appear and no requirements.  By learning through a real work environment, my mentor/internship program prepares  students for working with a busy litigation  law office.

         Our office is now successfully equipped to handle 5 part time law clerks since they work on 6 computers.  We select students who are willing to dedicate the time and energy needed.  It has been a successful program for my office and we hope to continue this unique program for years to come to benefit the  students who need an opportunity to learn and prove themselves. We believe you will be satisfied with our program.

         I serve as a mentor and reference on behalf of students who finish the program.  We show students how to communicate with clients, set up litigation files, read police reports, and the importance of marketing. We remain available after their 12-week internship for references and questions. I have a feeling of satisfaction helping the "non- law review, middle and bottom of the class" unemployed  students. Someday, when these students become the Chief Justice, they will remember the lawyer who helped them out in the beginning.  This personal mentor/internship program has given me friendship and a feeling of accomplishment.  We also bridge the gap between school placement offices and the real world by providing career advice and suggestions. 

         If any other students are also interested, please have them send us a cover letter and resume immediately.
         It is helpful if applicants have some familiarity with adding podcasts to ITunes, or HTML programming, web page design and maintenance and Internet technology. We sponsor a statewide website with information on litigation, personal injury, criminal and probate matters. If you can update a website, please indicate so in the first paragraph of your cover letter. This office is committed to excellence and service to clients and the community. Applicants must  have attention to detail.
More info http://www.njlaws.com/metuchenpublicdefender.html

         Summer - minimum 18 hours per week, 12 weeks
         School Year - minimum 10 hours per week  Sept-May, 12 weeks
         Christmas/Winter Break - minimum 30 hours per week

  KENNETH  VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC
ATTORNEY AT LAW
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08817
(Phone) 732-572-0500 (Fax)    732-572-0030
                                                           website: www.njlaws.com


Rev 5/21/15

2017 update Wills and Estate Planning Seminar materials

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friends of Cynthia & Kenneth Vercammen are invited to Cynthia's 60th Birthday get together Saturday February 11, 2017

 Friends of  Cynthia & Kenneth Vercammen are invited to Cynthia's 60th Birthday get together  Saturday   February 11, 2017
Edison Elks Lodge
Old Post Road
Edison NJ 08817-4653

We will have sandwiches in the Lodge’s social area.
No children permitted by state law since alcohol served.
No gifts please. Ok to bring something for the summer Tiki Bar!



Friday, January 13, 2017

Ethical Marketing for Your Practice: Learn how to make more money by ethically marketing your practice... and staying ethically compliant!

Monday, January 30th from 5:30-8:30
NJ Law Center
Learn how to make more money by ethically marketing your practice...
and staying ethically compliant!

This program will demonstrate proven techniques for promoting your practice while staying within the ethics rules whether you handle cases in Municipal Court or in other areas of law.

Topics include:
• An overview of the ethics of marketing - a discussion of information that is
and is not permitted to be communicated to potential clients. An overview of
relevant RPC’s , ethics opinions and cases that refer to ethical
communication with potential clients, including Opinion 39, 42 and 43 and
RPC 7.1.
• Ethical websites - do’s and dont’s as to how your website can attract the
most clients while staying within the ethics rules. Topics will include imagery,
testimonials and design.
The Ethical Considerations of Social Networking - a focus on how to
ethically grow your practice through on-line networking.
• The Ethical Considerations of In-Person Networking - This will review what
you can and can’t say in person, conflicts of interest and more.
• Blogs, Event Calendars, Articles and Other Types of Promotion - Some
proven techniques for marketing and rainmaking that go beyond the
conventional but stay within the ethics boundaries. ...and more!
Moderator/Speaker:
Ken A. Vercammen, Esq.
Law Office of Kenneth A. Vercammen, Edison

Speakers:
Jason T. Komninos, Esq.
Law Office of Jason t. Komninos, Hackensack
Shanna McCann,.Esq.
Chance & McCann, LLC, Bridgeton
Marc Garfinkle, Esq.


Ethical Marketing for Your Practice: Learn how to make more money by ethically marketing your practice... and staying ethically compliant!

Location:
New Jersey Law Center
1 Constitution Sq. New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Date:
January 30, 2017
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET

NJSBA & NJSBA Section/Committee members are eligible for
special discounts - login to see your discounted rate for this program.
     
Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee
           
            List Price: $170.00 USD
            Your Price: $128.00 USD

            

Friday, December 23, 2016

Free Wills and Estate Administration Webinar Audio recording for ABA members

Free Wills and Estate Administration Webinar Audio recording for ABA members
Speaker Kenneth Vercammen - November 16, 2016
Straightforward and to-the-point, Wills and Estate Administration provides step-by-step guidance that firms can use to handle all aspects of an estates practice, from initial client intake to closing the file.

Login

Hot Off the Press - Brown Bag Teleconference Series
GPSolo’s Hot Off the Press series features a new book publication release presented by the author, and is held entirely by teleconference as a Division member benefit at no additional cost.  The sessions are held bi-monthly (January, March, May, July, September and November) on the third Wednesday, and normally last one hour during lunch. 
The content of the program is based upon the author’s book published by ABA Book Publishing.

topics:
   1. Preparation for Wills/Estate Planning Interviews
   2. Interviewing Clients
   3. Signing documents and Additional Estate Planning Issues
   4. Probate, Estate Administration
   5  Marketing Your Wills and Estate Administration Practice

    Portions of the talk and material have been revised from ABA’s new book “Wills and Estate Administration”
   By Kenneth Vercammen, Esq.
Straightforward and to-the-point, Wills and Estate Administration provides step-by-step guidance that firms can use to handle all aspects of an estates practice, from initial client intake to closing the file. Topics are defined in six parts for ease of use:
    Preparation for Wills/Estate Planning Interviews
    Interviewing Clients
    Additional Estate Planning Issues
    Estate Administration
    Guardianship of Disabled or Incompetent Parents
    Marketing Your Wills and Estate Administration Practice
     Making this an essential resource for solo and small firm practitioners, the author includes numerous forms for each topic, and they are also available for download online. The book is basic and written to help new and transitional attorneys. In addition, tips on practice management will help seasoned attorneys.

Publisher: American Bar Association  ABA Book Publishing
    List Price: $79.95

ABA Price: $69.95
ISBN: 978-1-63425-380-2
Product Code: 5150484
2016, 290 pages, 7 x 10, Paperback
    
American Bar Association  Service Hotline800-285-2221
312-988-5000

   Sample chapter available http://shop.americanbar.org