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New Jersey's First Pro Bono Conference Set for May 7

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Access to legal services through pro bono work can change a person’s life. Providing these services can change the life of the attorney involved, as well. These are among the topics to be explored at New Jersey’s First Annual Pro Bono Conference to be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The conference is open to all New Jersey admitted attorneys and registration is FREE.

New Jersey State Bar Association President Lynn Fontaine Newsome, who will open the conference, said “pro bono legal work is key to the survival of our communities, and the legal profession has an obligation to play a role in this survival.

The legal profession is one of the few that has made giving back to the community on a volunteer basis a priority through pro bono service,” said President Newsome. “I am proud that the NJSBA can continue the tradition of encouraging pro bono participation and program development with New Jersey’s corporate leaders such as the Pro Bono Conference sponsors Merck and Pfizer, and law firm leaders like McCarter & English.”

“The conference will provide an opportunity for the legal community to learn about the benefits of engaging in pro bono work,” said Karen Sacks, vice chair of the NJSBA Pro Bono Committee and executive director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice –one of the many pro bono organizations providing legal services to the poor that will be represented at the conference.

Attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms who have launched pro bono programs will discuss their successes, and representatives from pro bono and legal services organizations will provide a taste of the numerous pro bono opportunities available. In addition, media representatives will discuss their role in promoting pro bono work throughout the community.

Registration is available online at, via the Meetings Calendar.

Review the Program Agenda.

The Pro Bono Conference is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Standing Committee on Pro Bono, General Practice Section and Young Lawyers Division, the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. It is made possible through the generous support of the law firm of McCarter & English, Merck & Co., Inc. and Pfizer.

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