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Gary Norgaard Receives First NJSBA Pro Bono Award
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Gary K. Norgaard, a Leonia resident and attorney with the Englewood law firm of Stern, Lavinthal, Frankenberg & Norgaard, LLC, received the Pro Bono Award of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Atlantic City.
Norgaard is the first recipient of this prestigious NJSBA award that recognizes an association member who has performed exemplary pro bono services during the preceding year.
Norgaard was a volunteer on the NJSBA Bankruptcy Law Section’s Pro Bono Bankruptcy Panel, which matches attorneys with Legal Services’ eligible clients on a pro bono basis to assist in the filing of bankruptcy petitions. This effort permits low-income persons unable to afford to hire a private attorney, to receive relief from the debt burden. Norgaard eventually assumed full responsibility for administration of the panel, in addition to his voluntary representation commitment.
Since assuming administration, Norgaard has been instrumental in generating excitement and interest in the panel and has successfully recruited additional attorneys to join, resulting in approximately 100 attorneys volunteering their services. He also spearheaded the establishment of a pilot program at Rutgers Law School whereby students, supervised by attorneys, represent low-income clients in bankruptcy cases.
Under Norgaard’s leadership, the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Panel has been recognized by the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, and information about the panel is posted on the court’s website.
An NJSBA member for 21 years, Norgaard is member of the Bankruptcy Law Section and chair of its Pro Bono Subcommittee. He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and chair of its Debtor/Creditor Section. Norgaard is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law where he teaches advanced and regular bankruptcy law.
A Master of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court and former Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, Norgaard practices bankruptcy, commercial and collection law. He is a graduate of Rutgers College and received his law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School, the State University of New York.
The criteria used to evaluate potential recipients for the NJSBA Pro Bono Award includes the total number of pro bono hours or complexity of cases handled, the impact of the work and benefit for the poor, the successful recruitment of other attorneys for pro bono representation, and proven commitment to the delivery of quality legal services to the poor and to providing equal access to legal services.
The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.
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