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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/27/09
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New Jersey State Bar Association Celebrates pro bono Week

New Brunswick – The New Jersey State Bar Association will hold a reception this week honoring the work lawyers do for free to help make society a better place for all.

In honor of national pro bono Week, the State Bar’s pro bono Committee will host a reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

The event will highlight the State Bar’s continued support for voluntary pro bono by New Jersey attorneys. It is also an opportunity to dedicate a permanent plaque at the Law Center that will display past and future NJSBA pro bono Award recipients, officials said.

“More and more, attorneys are recognizing that although there is a professional obligation to provide pro bono legal assistance, pro bono work is not a burden. It provides tremendous opportunity to enhance legal skills, particularly important in this economy, all while giving back to the community. That’s a win-win not only for the attorneys doing the work, but also for the organizations that retain them,” said Karen Sacks, co-chair of the bar’s committee.

In New Jersey, only a fraction of the people who need help with civil legal problems can afford to hire an attorney. The others either go without help or rely on pro bono lawyers.

A guiding principle of the State Bar’s pro bono Committee has been to support existing local pro bono events, programs and recruiting people to take cases and mobilize community support for pro bono.

In recent years, the State Bar has spearheaded a number of pro bono efforts in – from helping people in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to an ongoing project to provide free legal help for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan through our Military Legal Assistance Program.

pro bono Week festivities are held throughout the country. The week is an outgrowth of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on pro bono and Public Service. It was launched to highlight the increasing need for pro bono services during these harsh economic times and the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet the demand.