NJSBA Training Lawyers to Aid Prisoners Reentering Society

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


U.S. Attorney Fishman, NJ Attorney General Hoffman, Former Gov. McGreevey, other luminaries and officials among speakers

New Brunswick: The New Jersey State Bar Association will hold a training session this weekend for New Jersey lawyers interested in assisting an often-ignored segment of the population—prisoners who have served their time and are ready to reenter society.

The Feb. 28 seminar brings together legal luminaries including U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman, Department of Corrections Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan, State Parole Board Chairman James T. Plousis, U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo, and Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Former Governor and Jersey City Employment and Training Program Executive Director James E. McGreevey, and other corrections officials and attorneys practicing in related fields.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

Following training, participants will be able to volunteer to assist prisoners through the association’s Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Prisoner Reentry Program, affiliated with Martin’s Place in Jersey City. Although organized through the YLD, program participation is open to all attorneys.

“We hope to have the ability to expand our charitable endeavors for years to come by using our talents to rebuild one of New Jersey's most challenged communities—the prisoner re-entry community,” said YLD Chair and Association Trustee Shanna McCann.

Panelists will focus on the challenges facing prisoners re-entering society in areas including family law, municipal court, public benefits and procedural matters. Experience is not required in these practice areas to be able to participate in the seminar or the work with the YLD’s Prisoner Reentry Program.

Prisoner Reentry Training for Lawyers is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD), the Jersey City Employment and Training Program and the New Jersey Reentry Corporation.

For more information and to register visit njicle.com