New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

CONTACT:Sharon Balsamo, Esq.
Director of Legal Affairs

Volunteers Needed for Haitian Legal Assistance

The NJSBA is working with the Governor's Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance (ORVA) and other groups to provide legal assistance to Haitians residing in New Jersey whose immigration status has been affected by the recent earthquake in their home country. The NJSBA is asking its members to volunteer in the following ways:

(1) If you do not have experience in immigration law, but are willing to assist an affected individual, on a completely pro bono basis, in applying for temporary protected status to be able to remain in the United States legally, please Click Here for information about a training seminar being offered by Legal Services of New Jersey on April 1. By attending the seminar, you will be required to agree to handle at least one pro bono case involving temporary protected status, and you will receive information about how to assist someone in filing for such status, receive contact information for an LSNJ attorney that can assist you if you have questions during the course of your representation, and be eligible for CLE credit.

(2) If you have experience in immigration law and would be willing to assist, on a completely pro bono basis, individuals with matters beyond filing for temporary protected status, please send an e-mail to Sharon A. Balsamo, NJSBA Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs at She will coordinate with Volunteer Lawyers for Justice to provide you with information on individuals who have contacted ORVA and are in need of assistance.

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