Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
P.O. Box 32040
Newark, NJ 07102
Clinics Part of VLJ’s Disaster Legal Response Program; A Year Later, Many Residents Still Struggling With Legal Issues
Event Date: December 19, 2013
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MOONACHIE/NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 7, 2013 – Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), in collaboration with the Bergen County VOAD Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC), will continue to hold free legal aid clinics in Moonachie for New Jersey residents dealing with legal issues directly related to Superstorm Sandy. The clinics are part of VLJ’s Disaster Legal Response Program (DLRP), which also includes extended representation and a statewide, toll-free phone number staffed by volunteer attorneys. The clinics will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Recovery Information Center in the Moonachie Presbyterian Church at 221 Moonachie Road in Moonachie on the following dates:
- November 21
- December 5
- December 19
At these free legal clinics, VLJ’s volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice and/or limited scope assistance to participants. Matters often include insurance, housing or landlord/tenant issues, contractor disputes, and FEMA appeals. Volunteers at the clinics have included attorneys from McCarter & English LLP, Patton Boggs LLP, UBS, Citi, Duane Morris LLP, Gibbons PC, Jackson Lewis LLP, and Morgan Lewis. Clinic participants should bring all relevant documents, such as correspondence with FEMA, insurance policies and correspondence with insurers, mortgages and recent mortgage statements, and leases and correspondence with landlords.
Clinics are also being held in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. A regularly updated list of clinic dates is available at http://www.vljnj.org/.
All Sandy victims with legal issues in New Jersey stemming from the storm, regardless of their income and assets, are eligible to meet with a volunteer attorney at the legal clinic for advice and/or brief service. Clients needing extended representation are screened for financial eligibility, and VLJ will attempt to locate a volunteer attorney for those who qualify.
VLJ’s DLRP also includes a statewide, toll-free phone number – (855) 301-2525. Intake staff is available to answer calls on Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will screen cases for potential placement with volunteer lawyers. Callers may also leave a message on the hotline after hours and receive a prompt call-back from a VLJ volunteer or staff member to address their issues.
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.