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Award Solicitation Letter

Dear Colleague:

The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee is soliciting nominations for this year’s NJSBA’s 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, ten attorneys (from solo practitioners to large firm partners) and nine 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 to New Jersey. The deadline for submission of nominations is August 14, 2014. You will be notified of the Association’s decision in late summer. Award winners will be recognized during the 7th Annual Pro Bono Conference on Tuesday, October 21 at 6 p.m.

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