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.  Here are some of the events that VLJ has planned:

Consumer Law Clinic

Tuesday, October 25
Essex County Courthouse, Hall of Records (Room 318), 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

This clinic serves clients who have been sued over consumer debt in Special Civil Part.  Attorneys help clients fill out pro se pleadings, negotiate payment plans, or prepare for upcoming trials.

PSEG Veterans Legal Clinic


Tuesday, October 25
In this program, volunteer lawyers provide advice and brief services to veterans with child support modification issues, criminal record expungement, and driver’s license restoration issues. Clinic is by appointment only. 

New Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, October 26
Fox Rothschild LLP, 75 Eisenhower Parkway #200, Roseland, NJ 07068
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

This orientation is designed to provide any attorneys who are interested in volunteering with more information on VLJ, our volunteer opportunities, and how to effectively assist or represent low-income clients.

Lunch and Learn the Law CLE – Discharge Upgrades and Reviewing Military Records

Wednesday, October 26
Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP, One River Front Plaza, 1037 Raymond Boulevard, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
This presentation will focus on Discharge Upgrades, VLJ’s program, and how to read and analyze military records.  Topics include overview of military discharges, reviewing DD214, and assessing other military personnel records.