A law office with experienced attorneys for your New Jersey legal needs.
Kenneth Vercammen was the New Jersey State Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year and past president of the Middlesex County Municipal Prosecutors Association. Kenneth Vercammen is the author of three books published by the American Bar Association.
● Making calls to courts, attorneys and clients to follow up on letters regarding cases
● Administrative: Re-routing sent letters with invalid addresses, organizing legal documents, finding closed files, emailing clients, sending faxes
● Scheduling court dates, writing hearing notices and serving as witness at will signing
● Fielding potential interns prior to interviews; working with other interns
● Editing and sharing newsletters and events on social media
● Using resources and instructions available to be self-sufficient
Fifteen things I learned at this internship, by a 2017 intern, Anthony Rizzo
1) I was able to put into perspective the importance of client confidentiality
2) I learned that during a will signing, two formal witnesses must be present
3) I learned that a state certified notary must also be present at a will signing
4) I learned the benefits of adhering to instructions as it allows duties in the office.
5) I learned that a judge must make sure the defendants are well aware of their rights.
6) I learned that the court usually has an interpreter on speed dial for language barriers
7) I learned that end of case letters has to be sent to clients in order to show them we have their best interest at heart and so they can recommend us.
8) I learned that a letter of representation lets the court know what attorney will be representing what client.
9) I also learned that the letter of representation and request for discovery precedes a court date scheduling.
10) I learned that every document we send to clients we have to keep a copy for future reference
11) I learned that in Municipal courts they have one day of the week when cases are heard and they hear more than one case.
12) I learned that proper documentation helps the office to run smoothly.
13) I learned the use of the red book or lawyer’s diary: where you find attorneys and their contact information, county information, judges and so on
14) I learned that most courts use fax to send out documents and require documents to be sent by fax
15) I learned that even if I don’t plan to purse a career in criminal law, there is so much I could learn from the field.