Conference 2023

New Jersey Communication Association
The New Normal: Communicating & Messaging Post-Pandemic

27th Annual Conference
Kean University (Union, NJ)
April 1, 2023

This year, people around the globe tried to return to a world they remembered before a life-altering pandemic hit in 2020 and forced them into routines that were anything but….routine.

However, what they found was that the pandemic changed so much about the way they live.

The theme of our 2023 Conference examines this gap, looking at how humans are exploring new ways to communicate, work, send messages, teach and learn, and gather news and information.

Many colleges and universities are calling for compassion and understanding to accommodate faculty and students who are still bridging this gap. However, that has created a challenge of balancing empathy with academic integrity and educational best practices.

The workplace is somewhat unrecognizable to what it was just a few years ago. Leading organizations and a cohesive workforce in the aftermath of a global health crisis require unmatched communication skills. Organization leaders need to reassure and motivate employees, connect with customers and communicate how their vision fits into what they see as the new normal.

Misinformation is at an all-time high, as politicians, journalists), corporations, and other entities have taken to social media to not only share what they believe to be “news,” but to also push specific agendas. This has created a great need for more news literacy and institutional credibility.

Join us on April 1, 2023 at Kean University. We welcome academic papers, posters, thematic presentation panels, conversation circles, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, and, of course, fun and games of any creative sort. The NJCA values participation of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty scholars, and practitioners whose ideas and applications span wide-ranging topics and contexts of communication.

Keynote Speaker: 
Raymond M. Brown is a partner at Pashman, Stein, Walder Hayden. He concentrates his practice in white-collar crime, complex civil litigation, internal investigations, corporate compliance and international criminal matters (transactional, humanitarian and human rights).

Mr. Brown has been a trial lawyer, teacher and legal journalist since 1974.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.  He is a past president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and former Board Member and Parliamentarian of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  

He was for 20 years the Host of the Emmy Award-winning New Jersey Network Program “Due Process” and has provided legal analysis in many broadcast venues.  Brown has taught International Criminal Law (ICL) in the Seton Hall/American University Program at Cairo, Egypt and at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations where he has also taught Peacekeeping and Peacemaking and International Human Rights Law and Policy.  Brown has also taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Advanced Criminal Procedure and a Death Penalty Seminar.   

He has spoken in more than 30 states and multiple foreign jurisdictions to criminal and civil lawyers, law enforcement personnel and judges, diplomats, students and a variety of civil society organizations on trial advocacy, ethics, race, human rights and international law, the art of persuasion, and educational policy.  He has also written widely on these subjects.  Brown has received numerous professional awards including the 2021 Daniel J. O’Hern Award of the N.J.  Commission. On Professionalism in the Law and 2022 the Medal of Honor of the New Jersey Bar Foundation.

Mr. Brown is a graduate of Columbia University and received his law degree from The School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.  

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