Spotlight On Service: Bruce Meyer
Bruce Meyer is a computer engineer and analyst who lends his pro bono expertise to Volunteer Lawyers for Justice from behind the scenes—1,600 miles away in Willis, Texas, in fact.
Even after his family moved there from New Jersey in 2013, Bruce continued to volunteer with VLJ. Bruce provides all manner of IT assistance—connecting computers to servers, retrieving lost documents, deciphering error messages, and taking on other tasks which would otherwise cost VLJ a great deal.
For the Meyers, VLJ is a family project. Bruce’s wife, Elitza, served on VLJ’s board when the family lived in Mountainside and she was an attorney for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey in Newark. And their two daughters had VLJ summer internships. Carly helped with computer support and is now starting a doctoral program in psychology at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. Ayla, who helped with development and VLJ’s annual gala, is in her second year at the University of Houston Law Center.
The Meyers, who met at Cornell, moved to Bruce’s home state of Texas when Elitza got an offer in a corporate legal department there. Bruce continues to run his own company, Tropaion, LLC.
Bruce is a big VLJ fan. “VLJ brings the story forward. They will get the appropriate people to work on a case. The help isn’t accessible without an organization like VLJ.”
Tracy Nelson, VLJ’s Director of Finance, is quick to heap praise on Bruce as well. “He has saved VLJ thousands of dollars, but treats us like his highest-paying customers. It is such a treat to work with Bruce.”