Essex County

UPCOMING CLINIC OPPORTUNITIES

Note, if this will be your first time volunteering at a limited-scope legal clinic, we ask that you review the substantive training materials on VLJ's Volunteer Resources site, prior to the clinic date. 

You MUST email if you are interested in attending, so we can confirm with you that there are still in fact volunteer spots open. PLEASE DO NOT JUST SHOW UP. Thank you! 

Divorce Program 

All clinics take place in downtown Newark, NJ from 2 - 5pm

  • 4 spot(s) Pro Se Litigant - Filing Clinic - October 17

  • 4 spot(s) Pro Se Litigant - Filing Clinic - November 21

Email jchavez@vljnj.org, with interest. 

Consumer Law Program 

All clinics take place in downtown Newark, NJ from 9:30am - 12:30pm

  • 2 spot(s) Consumer Clinic - November 5

Email anolan@vljnj.org, with interest. 

NS19E-1000436

ESSEX COUNTY - CONSUMER

Representation in Small Claims lawsuit

NS, a young single mother, paid an acquaintance $2,000 in cash in exchange for a car. She has text messages between her and the man, and proof of having taken out the cash from a credit union, but she did not receive a receipt or sign an agreement. The man never delivered her car and has made excuses for the delay every time she contacts him. NS sent a certified letter asking for her money back, but the man called her and said he didn’t have it. NS is seeking assistance in filing a lawsuit in Small Claims court to recover the money she paid.

 To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org

DB19E-1000857

ESSEX COUNTY - SECURITY DEPOSIT RETURN

Litigation

A fire forced D.B. to leave her apartment. She has tried to get her former landlord to return her security deposit now that she has been displaced. She would representation to file a law suit to return the security deposit with double damages as allowed by statute.

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org

UNDER REVIEW

GT19E-1000958

ESSEX COUNTY - CHILD SUPPORT/SPOUSAL SUPPORT

September court date

GT divorced her ex-spouse in 2017 and the court entered a child/spousal support order. The ex-spouse retired earlier this year and has now filed a motion seeking a downward modification of that order based on his retirement and other changes. Ex-spouse is represented by counsel and GT would greatly benefit from also having counsel in order to level the playing field. GT does communicate in English but prefers French Creole, if possible.

To review, email jchavez@vljnj.org

TH19E-1000317

ESSEX COUNTY - BULLYING

Representation to ensure compliance with Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB) regulations.

NP is in 4th grade and was video-recorded by another student while using the toilet. That student showed the video recording to several other students during that school day and showed it to NP's sister during an after-school program. NP's mother reported the incident to the assistant principal the following day. While the assistant principal told NP's mother that the student who video-recorded NP had been suspended, the mother has never received any notices that the incident was considered Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB). The mother is concerned because the district does not seem to have done anything to ensure that the recording was secured. The principal told NP's mother that the district does not secure the recording because that would be promoting child pornography. Instead, the principal said that it was the responsibility of the parents of the student who made the recording to deal with the recording. The parent is seeking representation to ensure that the video-recording of NP has been destroyed and that incidents like this one do not occur again.

To review, email jmoore@vljnj.org