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

For Immedate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Director, Media Relations


Nominations being sought for Annual Pro Bono Award

The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee is soliciting nominations for this year’s NJSBA Annual Pro Bono Award.

The award was established to recognize exemplary pro bono contributions made by individuals, law firms, corporate law departments, NJSBA sections, committees or divisions and/or other organizations or associations. The criteria by which nominees are judged are as follows: (1) the total number of pro bono hours spent or complexity of cases handled by the nominee; (2) the impact of the nominee’s pro bono work and/or benefit for the poor; (3) particular expertise provided or particular need satisfied by the nominee; (4) successful recruitment by the nominee of other attorneys for pro bono representation; or (5) proven commitment by the nominee to the delivery of quality legal services to the poor and providing equal access to legal services.

Since 2003, eight attorneys (from solo practitioners to large firm partners) and six institutions (from law firms and corporations to law school programs) have received this prestigious award. Read about recent winners and think about nominating someone you know this year. Click here for a list of recent winners.


Persons interested in submitting nominations are encouraged to complete a nomination form – click here to nominate any appropriate individual, law firm, corporate law department, NJSBA section/committee/division or other organization or association that has exhibited exemplary pro bono service in New Jersey. The deadline for submission of nominations is June 15, 2012. You will be notified of the Association’s decision in late summer. Award winners will be recognized on October 30, 2012 at the NJSBA’s Annual Pro Bono Conference.

Should you have any questions about the award or the nomination form, please feel free to call Lisa Spiegel, Senior Director of CLE Programming at 732-214-8554 or email