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Victory for VLJ: New Jersey Supreme Court rules in favor of pro bono. Click to read more.
  • VICTORY FOR VLJ!
    Recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics and ruled that there is no conflict of interest for attorneys who do pro bono work for Chapter 7 debtors, where their firm represents the creditors in unrelated matters.  This issue was initially raised by VLJ in a formal inquiry to the ACPE in December of 2012 in recognition that client conflict concerns deterred potential volunteers from participating in VLJ’s pro bono bankruptcy program.  After the ACPE issued an unfavorable opinion, VLJ and our partners appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.  We are delighted by the recent decision, which is the first such ruling by a state Supreme Court in the country, and is sure to expand access to pro bono representation for New Jersey's most vulnerable debtors.  We are extremely grateful to the attorneys from Lowenstein Sandler, McCarter & English and DLA Piper who worked tirelessly in their representation of VLJ and our partners, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Pro Bono Institute, and Jill Freidman and Jessica Kitson from Rutgers Law, who served as amici. 

Click here to read the decision. And for more information about the ruling and what it means for VLJ, please reference the New Jersey Law Journal article, N.J. Justices Give OK to Volunteer Lawyers in Bankruptcy Cases, written by Mary Pat Gallagher, available here.
  • NJSBA PRO BONO TASK FORCE REPORT
    The Supreme Court of New Jersey has adopted two new court rules relating to pro bono practice along with conforming amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct and various court rules. The new rules and rule changes,with minor modifications made the Court, were recommended by the New Jersey State Bar Association's Pro Bono Task Force "...in order to clarify, streamline, and encourage pro bono practice..." The Task Force was formed to make recommendations to increase the provision of pro bono services in the state. The final Report "Closing the Justice Gap" was issued May 2012 and was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees of the NJSBA. For a copy of the report CLICK HERE. For a copy of the rules and conforming amendments, effective January 1, 2015, CLICK HERE.

  • Just announced! Disaster Legal Response Program (DLRP) will be holding clinics in Monmouth County, at Brookdale Community College - Hazlet Campus July 11, August 8 and August 22. For clinic address and time, please click here.

    Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe) - Final Report
    VLJ is pleased to present an evaluation of VLJ's ReLeSe program conducted by the National Development and Research Insitutes, Inc. (NDRI), with generous funding from The Fund for New Jersey. The study evaluated outcomes for 188 ReLeSe clients who received services between January 2007 and July 2012 and concludes that reentry legal services positively impact ex offenders' reentry efforts. For a copy of the report, please email vlj@vljnj.org.
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