New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/02/03
CONTACT:Barbara S. Straczynski
Communications and Marketing Manager
732-937-7524

NJSBA To Recognize 9- 11 Volunteers At Tribute Event

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz will be on hand during a “Very Special Tribute” being hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) to thank the New Jersey volunteer attorneys who assisted September 11 victims and their families. The tribute will be held on Tuesday, April 15 at the NJSBA Law Center in New Brunswick and will commence at 3 p.m. followed by a reception.

Over 400 attorneys participated in the effort with approximately 150 volunteer attorneys working with families at the Liberty State Park Family Assistance Center for the five-to-six months immediately following the 9-11 tragedy. An additional 250 volunteers participated in the NJSBA’s Mass Disaster Response Program and in the New Jersey Legal Response Program. In addition, many county bar associations throughout New Jersey held training sessions and recruited volunteers for the programs.

Three companies will also receive special recognition at the event for their specific contributions to the assistance effort. The Newark based firm, e-Law, provided assistance with the recreation of destroyed files and records. San Francisco based iLawyer.com permitted usage of their electronic lawyer referral service software to administer the program by matching up callers with attorneys via a hot line. The third company, probono.net of New York, established a special 9-11 practice area on its website where volunteer attorneys could check for upcoming training seminars, updated resource information, and new information. The company also facilitated the sending of batch emails advising attorneys of important developments.

Volunteers who would like to attend the “Very Special Tribute” should contact Rita Seborowski, Legal Affairs Associate at rseborowski@njsba.com or call 732-937-7514.

The New Jersey Legal Response Program was a collaborative effort organized in direct response to the events of 9-11 and administered by the NJSBA, the Essex County Bar Association and large law firms in North Jersey.

The NJSBA Mass Disaster Response Program was established in 1995 in the aftermath of the Edison pipeline explosion to assure that victims of disasters have timely, competent and unpressured access to information about the legal issues that affect them. The program works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters in New Jersey and the Red Cross of New Jersey.

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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