For Immediate Release
October 22, 2015
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director Communications
The state’s largest organization of judges and lawyers will hold several events to honor National Pro Bono Week.
The New Jersey State Bar Association events include young lawyers drafting estate-planning documents to first responders in Oceanport; the annual Pro Bono Conference; a free seminar for the public about wills; and more.
“Lawyers have a special skill set and with that comes a special obligation to pay forward our good fortune. Since time immemorial lawyers always been at the forefront of leading and administering pro bono activities. This kind of volunteer work is not only important to our community, it is also rewarding in its own right,” said NJSBA President Miles S. Winder III.
The New Jersey State Bar Association has traditionally held its annual Pro Bono Conference during the national celebration, but heeded the call of American Bar Association President Paulette Brown to do more this year.
Brown, who is also chair of the association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and a trustee of the state bar’s foundation, has called on lawyers around the country to give back during the week and participate in a Day of Service on Oct. 30.
“As lawyers, each and every one of us has the power to make a difference. Our profession has a strong tradition of serving others,” Brown said when she was sworn-in this summer.
The New Jersey State Bar Association has several events planned for National Pro Bono Week.
Information about pro bono opportunities with the association and other legal organizations will be on display all week in the lobby of the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Additional materials will be circulated at events, such as the annual awards lunch of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on Oct. 29.
Oct. 26 and 27 – The NJSBA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) will draft wills and estate-planning documents for first responders in Oceanport. The YLD has held dozens of Wills for Heroes projects around the state in recent years. At each, volunteer attorneys provide free legal guidance to members of police, fire, rescue and first aid squads.
Oct. 27 – At the eighth annual Pro Bono Conference on Oct. 27, at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, the NJSBA will honor three attorneys and a Hackensack-based tax law firm for their extraordinary efforts to provide people without means access to justice. The event will also feature a continuing legal education seminar. Attendees who agree to volunteer on a matter with one of the organizations taking part in the event will have admission costs waived.
Oct. 29 – The New Jersey State Bar Foundation will offer a free program to the public on wills and estate planning. The program will be held at the Law Center from 1-3 p.m., and will feature Brian Reynolds, an attorney with Mantell, Prince & Reynolds, and Kinjal Desai, an attorney with Day Pitney.
In addition to these programs, the association and foundation collaborated earlier this month with community event in Union City.
On Oct. 13, nearly 30 attorneys answered questions from hundreds of community members on topics including immigration, criminal matters, expungement, divorce, domestic violence restraining orders, employment matters and landlord-tenant law. State Senator Brian Stack and Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez also addressed the gathering, which was held at Union City High School.