Karen Sacks, Esq., founding executive director of VLJ
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
P.O. Box 32040
Newark, NJ 07102
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Release Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Media Contact: Christine Ziomek (201) 796-7788
McCarter & English LLP and Gibbons PC to Provide Additional Pro-Bono Legal Support
NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 12, 2014 – In partnership with PSE&G, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice has established the Military Personnel/Veterans Legal Assistance Project (M-LAP), providing pro-bono legal counsel and limited scope representation to both veterans and active duty military personnel. At the clinics, volunteer attorneys from PSE&G, as well as those from McCarter & English LLP and Gibbons PC, will assist a range of legal matters, including driver’s license restoration, expungement of criminal records and child support issues, among others. PSE&G is providing the funding for this program.
“Many military personnel, those in active duty and those who have returned home, have legal issues and feel like there is nowhere to turn for assistance, said Karen Sacks, Esq., founding executive director of VLJ. We are proud to offer aid to these brave men and women who have given so much for our country, and thank PSE&G for its generosity as well as McCarter and Gibbons for their continued support of VLJ.”
This month, VLJ will begin holding training sessions for PSE&G attorneys, and the first clinic is set for March. Volunteer attorneys from PSE&G, McCarter and Gibbons will work in teams at the clinics. If extended representation is required, volunteer attorneys from such firms will take on those cases.
VLJ is a state-wide 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in Newark. VLJ provides comprehensive legal services to economically disadvantaged adults, children and families in New Jersey to ensure fair and equal treatment within the legal system. Programs include free legal counsel and advice, educational seminars on various legal matters, and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues.