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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/05/08
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James Katz Receives NJSBA Annual Pro Bono Award for 2008

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – James Katz, a partner with the Cherry Hill law firm of Spear Wilderman Borish Endy Spear & Runckel PC, received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s annual Pro Bono Award at the Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City on May 21. The NJSBA annual Pro Bono award is presented to an association member who performs exemplary pro bono services during the preceding year.

An NJSBA member since 1982, Mr. Katz’s practice focuses on union-side labor law. He has represented a wide array of public and private sector labor organizations in New Jersey. Nominated for the award for his work on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ), Mr. Katz has served as a volunteer attorney on several significant civil liberties cases over the past two decades.

Most recently, Mr. Katz successfully argued for plaintiffs on behalf of ACLU-NJ in a case involving a town ordinance that sought to ban undocumented immigrants from renting, residing, using property or being employed in Riverside. According to Jeanne LoCicero, Staff Attorney for ACLU-NJ, who nominated Mr. Katz for the award, “the work that Mr. Katz did on behalf of the plaintiffs in Riverside has had an impact not only on those individuals, but on communities throughout New Jersey and the Nation.”

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