One of VLJ's pro bono volunteer attorneys, Mary Frances Palisano, from Gibbons PC, was featured in a recent edition of NJBiz for her pro bono work with the ReLeSe expungement clinic and other pro bono commitments.
"Working with Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a nonprofit that provides free legal services for economically disadvantaged people throughout the state, Palisano launched Gibbons’ first clinic, which focused on expungement cases.
“A client may have a criminal conviction from their past, something nonviolent like shoplifting or something they did in their youth,” Palisano said. “And because of that conviction they are unable to get employment. New Jersey has a mechanism in the law that allows for the expungement of certain charges and it’s really life-altering for clients.”"