A Success! VLJ's 15th Anniversary Celebration

On November 14, 2016, VLJ hosted our 15th Anniversary Celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.  The night was enormously successful; nearly 300 guests attended the event and helped raise over $300,000 for VLJ.  In addition, BASF Corporation was presented with the 2016 Pro Bono Award (accepted by Matthew Lepore, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer).  

Spotlight on Service: Delia Murphy

Spotlight on Service: Delia Murphy

When Delia Murphy guides would-be litigants at VLJ’s Divorce Clinic every month, it’s clear that many of her nonlegal, as well as legal, experiences trained her for the role.

Delia, who has been lending her expertise to VLJ since its inception 15 years ago, runs a solo matrimonial law practice in Bloomfield.  Previously, she taught marketing part time at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City and remains at ease in a teaching environment.

Thank You to our Summer Interns

Thank You to our Summer Interns

This summer, VLJ had the pleasure of working with three wonderful legal interns:  Alexandra Bravo, Danielle Panizzi, and Kate Petrie.  All three students attend Rutgers School of Law in Newark. Alex is in her third year and Danielle and Kate are in their second year.

Danielle served as VLJ’s first Maida Fellow.  The Maida Fellowship provides funding to a Rutgers student for a summer internship at a public interest legal organization.  Alex and Kate were Proskauer Rose Fellows. 

ABA Pro Bono Week

ABA Pro Bono Week

At VLJ, we celebrate pro bono work every day, but in honor of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Week (October 23rd to 29th), we have planned a wide variety of events for attorneys and clients.  The goals of the celebration include recruiting more pro bono volunteers and increasing legal services to poor and vulnerable people, mobilizing community support for pro bono, fostering collaborative relationships, and recognizing the pro bono efforts of America’s lawyers. Click through to see some events that we have planned. 

Four Lawyers Join Board at VLJ

Four Lawyers Join Board at VLJ

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice’s Board of Trustees has announced the addition of four accomplished lawyers who will help shape the direction of the organization, which marks its 15th anniversary this year.

The new trustees are Angela M. Coxe, Senior Patent Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Berkeley Heights; Donald J. Cussen, Senior Vice President/Financial Adviser, RBC Wealth Management, Florham Park; Matthew Lepore, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, BASF Corp., Florham Park; and Tricia B. O’Reilly, Partner, Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP, Newark.

The Power of One

The Power of One

The billable hour is a staple behind law firm economics, and now Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) is using the concept for a fund-raiser marking its 15th anniversary.

VLJ is asking lawyers at 150 New Jersey firms to donate the cash equivalent of "Just One" billable hour to help fund legal services for low-income individuals across the state.

Attorney Spotlight: Suzanne Klar (PSEG)

Attorney Spotlight: Suzanne Klar (PSEG)

Suzanne M. Klar is an example of how one person can spark beneficial and lasting change—in this case, for veterans.

In 2013, the PSEG associate general litigation counsel approached Volunteer Lawyers for Justice about a broader pro bono role by attorneys in her company’s legal department. A VLJ board member since 2008, Suzanne had been focused on pro bono work for years. In particular, she noticed that veterans and active service members had critical legal needs.

VLJ Welcomes Summer Law Students; Prestigious Fellowships

VLJ Welcomes Summer Law Students; Prestigious Fellowships

VLJ is pleased to welcome Rutgers Law students Alexandra Bravo (Class of 2017), Danielle Panizzi (Class of 2018) and Katherine Petrie (Class of 2018) for the summer internship program.