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Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Receives Special Recognition Pro Bono Award for 2007

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) received a Special Recognition Pro Bono Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association for its exemplary pro bono services. VLJ Executive Director Karen Sacks accepted the award on behalf of the organization at the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting in Atlantic City on May 16.

A program of the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, VLJ officially opened its doors in 2001 with thirty volunteer attorneys willing to assist indigent Essex County residents with family, consumer, housing and family law issues. Today, its volunteer base of over 750 attorneys provides services to thousands of clients statewide with any civil legal issue.

VLJ operates several distinct legal projects including: legal seminars on family law, pro se divorce and family motions clinics, wills, bankruptcy, special education and guardianship programs, and its most recent program created in partnership with Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s administration, Seton Hall and Rutgers Law Schools, the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice and others, called the Newark Reentry Legal Services Network (ReLeSe), a program to help ex offenders with legal issues that serve as barriers to successful reentry.

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