Public Interest Law Firms



Organization, Top Staff
Core Services, Number of Full-Time Attorneys
Annual Budget
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
Udi Ofer, executive director; Edward Barocas, legal director; Jeanne LoCicero, deputy legal director
Equal protection and discrimination (based on race/disability/sexual orientation/religion/national origin/ethnicity/immigration status), due process, freedom of association/press/religion/speech, police misconduct, open government, privacy, reproductive freedom, separation of church and state, voting rights and youth/students' rights

4 attorneys
$1.85 million
Central Jersey Legal Services Inc.
Elizabeth; New Brunswick; Perth Amboy; Trenton
Janice Chapin, executive director; Russell Gale, Perth Amboy managing attorney  
Bankruptcy, consumer, disability, domestic violence, family, food stamps, housing, unemployment and welfare matters

Elizabeth, 6 attorneys; New Brunswick, 5 attorneys; Perth Amboy, 3 attorneys; Trenton, 4 attorneys
$5 million
Community Health Law Project
South Orange
Harold Garwin, president and executive director; Alma Yee, managing attorney, Bloomfield office; Stacy Noonan, managing attorney, Central Jersey office (Elizabeth); Brian Smith, managing attorney, South Jersey office (Collingswood); Erika Kerber, managing attorney, Eatontown office; Stuart Weiner, managing attorney, Trenton office  
Advice, counseling and representation in civil and administrative matters for indigent people with disabilities

Bloomfield, 4 attorneys; Collingswood, 5 attorneys; Eatontown, 4 attorneys; Elizabeth, 4 attorneys; South Orange, 3 attorneys; Trenton, 4 attorneys
$6 million
Disability Rights New Jersey
Joseph Young, executive director  
Advocacy, legal representation and education statewide for people with disabilities, in areas such as institutional and community abuse/neglect, access to services, discrimination, special education, assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation

10 attorneys
$3 million
Education Law Center
David Sciarra, executive director
Legal assistance statewide in the areas of right to preschool and K-12 education, special education, discipline, residency, segregation and other educational issues

6 attorneys
$1.8 million
Essex-Newark Legal Services
Felipe Chavana, executive director; Jose Ortiz, deputy director; Alfred Bolton, comptroller  
Assistance with Essex County matters such as antipredatory lending, consumer law, education, elder law, government benefits, health law, housing, landlord/tenant and Social Security

25 attorneys
$4 million
Legal Services of New Jersey Inc.
Melville Miller Jr., president and general counsel
Legal services statewide to low-income people in civil legal matters such as housing, family, consumer, public benefits, Social Security, education, health, employment, and juvenile and individual rights

Number of attorneys N/A
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey Inc.
Flemington; Morristown; Somerville; Newton; Belvidere
Diane Smith, executive director; Martha Gonzalez, Hunterdon program director; Gerald Brennan, Morris deputy director; Carol Spicer, Somerset program director; Victoria Reiners, Sussex senior attorney; Grace Kelly, Warren program managing attorney
Free legal assistance to low-income people in civil matters that affect essential needs

Hunterdon, 1 attorney; Morris, 5 attorneys; Somerset, 4 attorneys; Sussex, 2 attorneys; Warren, 2 attorneys
$2.7 million
New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center
Renee Steinhagen, executive director; Diana Jeffrey, director of government accountability program
Statewide election law reform, health care and community health, accountability of governmental and corporate entities, and environmental justice issues, including efforts to promote sustainability

1 attorney
New Jersey Institute for                Social Justice
Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO; Richard Greenberg, chief operating officer; Craig Levine, senior counsel/policy director  
Research, litigation and advocacy statewide, and especially in urban areas, on matters such as access to economic opportunity for low-income and minority residents, promotion of governmental accountability, attainment of civil rights and other basic entitlements, and interdependence of cities and suburbs

6 attorneys
$2.5 million
New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers For the Arts Inc.*
Peter Skolnik, president; Joseph Novick, executive director  
Pro bono legal referral and legal educational services for New Jersey artists, and arts and cultural organizations, with arts-related legal issues

1 attorney
Northeast New Jersey
Legal Services Inc.
Jersey City
John Fitzgerald, executive director based in Hudson County; Anna Navatta, assistant executive director based in Hudson County; Gregory Diebold, director of litigation based in Hudson County; Naznin Saifi, deputy director based in Bergen County; Leah Ashe, assistant deputy director based in Passaic County
Legal representation and counseling for low-income residents of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic counties in consumer, housing, public benefits, family, community economic development, education, health, employment, tax, immigration, foreclosure and predatory lending matters

26 attorneys
Ocean-Monmouth Legal
Services Inc.
William Rempel, executive director; Maria LaFace, assistant director  
Advice, counseling and prioritized representation in consumer, domestic violence, family, housing/tenancy, limited expungement, and public benefits matters

15 attorneys
$2.7 million
Partners for Women and Justice
Jane Hanson, executive director; Michele Lefkowitz, director of legal programs  
Advice, counseling and representation in domestic violence and family law matters to low-income and abused women

3 attorneys
Pro Bono Partnership
Nancy Eberhardt, director,              New Jersey program; Christine Michelle Duffy, senior staff attorney; Kent Hansen, senior staff attorney
Statewide business legal services to eligible nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities for transactional attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms, educational workshops on legal topics of interest to nonprofits, and provision of publications and materials for nonprofits and volunteer attorneys

9 attorneys (3 in New Jersey)
$1,833,075 (divided among CT, NJ and NY locations)
Rutgers Law School-Camden
Clinical Program
Victoria Chase, chair and clinical associate professor
Services for people in Camden County and surrounding counties

7 full-time faculty members
Child and Family Advocacy Clinic
Meredith Schalick, clinical associate professor
Representation of children in the child welfare system and related matters  
Children’s Justice Clinic
Sandra Simkins, clinical professor
Representation of children in juvenile court hearings and related matters  
Civil Practice Clinic
Traci Overton, clinical staff attorney; Anne Mallgrave, adjunct clinical professor
General civil practice  
Domestic Violence Clinic
Victoria Chase, chair and clinical associate professor
Representation of domestic-violence victims in final restraining order hearings  
Immigrant Justice Clinic
Joanne Gottesman, clinical professor
Representation of adults and children with immigration issues  
Mediation Clinic
Carl Viniar, co-director of Mediation Center
Use of mediation processes and techniques to help litigants resolve their matters  
Social Security Practice
Christine Dougherty, adjunct professor
Representation of children applying for Social Security disability  
Small Business Counseling
Dennis Talty, adjunct professor
Representation of small-business clients, especially new businesses  
International Human Rights
Beth Stephens, professor
Examination of the international framework governing human rights and studies the international mechanisms that monitor and enforce human rights  
Advanced Legal Writing: Community Based Practice/Public Interest Research Project
Jason Cohen, clinical associate professor  
Pro bono/sliding scale representation of LGBT clients  
Rutgers Law School-Newark
Clinical Program
Jon Dubin, associate dean for clinical education and professor; Robert Holmes, deputy director of clinical programs and clinical professor; Edna Baugh, assistant director for administration
Advocacy and representation, mostly in Essex County, of underrepresented people, groups or causes in the areas of special education, foster care, constitutional reform, consumer protection and business/nonprofit startup services

13 full-time attorneys, 4 fellows
$1.2 million
Child Advocacy Clinic
Randi Mandelbaum, clinical professor; Sarah Koloski, fellow
Representation of children in foster care, with disabilities or living in families headed by relatives other than their natural or adoptive parents  
Civil Justice Clinic
Jack Feinstein, director and clinical professor; Jon Dubin, professor
Housing, family, consumer law, probate, bankruptcy, unemployment compensation, Social Security and SSI disability benefits  
Community and Transactional
Lawyering Clinic
Robert Holmes, director and clinical professor; Charles Auffant, clinical professor
Corporate and transactional legal services for nonprofits, startup for-profit businesses and microenterprises, charter schools and individuals such as artists and inventors  
Constitutional Rights Clinic
Frank Askin, director and professor; Penny Venetis, clinical professor; Jonathan Hyman, professor; Ronald Chen, acting dean and clinical professor
Constitutional reform, civil rights and civil liberties  
Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic
Laura Cohen, director and clinical professor
Legal representation to incarcerated youths and to adults in minor criminal, parole and innocence matters  
Education and Health Law Clinic
Esther Canty-Barnes, director and clinical professor; Jennifer Rosen Valverde, clinical professor
Legal representation to indigent clients in special education, early intervention and school discipline matters, in partnership with medical professionals, to address legal and social needs of pediatric patients with disabilities and their families  
Federal Tax Law Clinic
Sandy Freund and Cynthia Blum, co-directors and professors
Internal Revenue Service disputes  
Immigrant Rights Clinic Anjum Gupta, director and assistant professor Primarily asylum or other humanitarian immigration cases  
Intellectual Property Law Clinic
John Kettle III, director and clinical professor
IP and entertainment law advice and assistance for nonprofit entities, artists, inventors, startup for-profit businesses and microenterprises, and charter schools  
International Human Rights Clinic
Penny Venetis, director and clinical professor
Litigation and projects in U.S. domestic courts and international tribunals to promote international human rights norms  
Seton Hall University School of Law, Center for Social Justice
Lori Nessel, director and professor; Lori Outzs Borgen, associate director
Pro bono legal services for people in Essex County and surrounding areas

6 full-time faculty, 3 part-time faculty, 2 visiting professors
$2 million
Civil Litigation Clinic
Linda Fisher, professor; Shavar Jeffries, associate professor
Civil litigation with a primary focus on civil rights, housing and education  
Civil Rights and Constitutional          Litigation Clinic
Baher Azmy, professor (on leave); Barbara Moses, visiting  clinical professor
Civil litigation with a focus on civil rights, national security, immigration, prisoners' rights and openness in government  
Equal Justice Clinic
Jenny-Brooke Condon, associate professor
Civil and human rights litigation with a focus on immigrants' rights, prisoners' rights, and ethnic- and gender-based discrimination  
Family Law Clinic
Kevin Kelly, associate clinical professor
Family matters with a focus on contested and uncontested divorces; establishment, modification and enforcement of child and spousal support; custody and visitation; international child abduction; adoptions; and litigation on behalf of domestic-violence victims  
Immigrants' Rights/International Human Rights Clinic
Lori Nessel, professor; Farrin Rose Anello, visiting assistant clinical professor
Immigration law with a focus on protection from persecution, trafficking and torture, asylum and immigrant worker wage theft; human-rights reporting and fact-finding, comparative law and human-rights projects  
Impact Litigation Clinic
Jonathan Romberg, associate professor; Rachel Godsil, professor
Federal appellate litigation with a focus on representing indigent clients before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; amicus work in impact litigation in New Jersey  
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Philip Ross, associate clinical professor  
Focus on representing children in detention hearings  
Pro Bono Program
Philip Ross, associate clinical professor  
Student volunteer legal assistance at nonprofit organizations, including criminal justice, mental health and youth programs
South Jersey Legal Services Inc.
Douglas Gershuny, executive director; Ann Gorman, deputy director; Kenneth Goldman, director of litigation and advocacy
Social Security benefits, supplemental security income, temporary aid to needy families, general assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, divorce, custody/visitation/support, domestic violence, landlord/tenant problems, other housing problems, migrant farm worker problems, rights of the elderly, bankruptcy, foreclosure, consumer, AIDS-related matters, casino licenses, IRS tax problems, education, immigration, health-care access and community economic development assistance

30 attorneys
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Karen Sacks, founding executive director; Cathy Keenan, director of pro bono services; Gina DeVito, managing attorney, Newark Re-entry Legal Services program; Tracy Nelson, director of finance; Dannielle Leigh, director of development  
Pro bono legal services, statewide though mostly in Essex County, primarily in civil matters including, but not limited to, bankruptcy, consumer fraud, family, guardianship, landlord/tenant and special education matters, and administration of Newark Re-entry Legal Services (ReLeSe), which helps individuals with criminal records address civil legal matters that prevent reintegration into the community

6 attorneys
Source: Information obtained from the organizations listed, as of Aug. 16, 2013.
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