Winter  2016 
A Success! VLJ's 15th Anniversary Celebration

On November 14, 2016, VLJ hosted our 15th Anniversary Celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.  The night was enormously successful; nearly 300 guests attended the event and helped raise over $300,000 for VLJ.  

James Zazzali, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.  BASF Corporation was presented with the 2016 Pro Bono Award for their exemplary pro bono commitment, and the award was accepted by Matthew Lepore, BASF's Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer.  The 2016 Champion of Justice Award was presented to Michael Griffinger, Director of Business & Commercial Litigation at Gibbons PC, a VLJ co-founder and active VLJ trustee for the last 15 years.  We also thanked and honored our outgoing Executive Director, Karen Sacks, for her accomplishments as the leader of VLJ for 15 years and welcomed incoming Executive Director Cathy Keenan.

Finally, a client of VLJ's Children's Representation Program, 21-year-old Tavneet Singh, spoke about his case and his volunteer attorney, who was able to assist him in obtaining the special educational services he needed in order to graduate from high school and find full-time employment.  Thank you to everyone who joined us at the gala - this night would not have been possible without the generosity of all of our donors, board members, volunteer attorneys, and other supporters of VLJ!  
Your generous donation will help give thousands of VLJ clients a voice in the justice system.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice works hard every day to provide free legal services to families with no other options. With New Jersey's high level of poverty and staggering rates of self-representation, there has never been a time when pro bono legal services have been more essential. Over the past month, you've seen a few of our client's success stories. VLJ has helped: 

Danny, whose home of 21 years flooded in a natural disaster, find a new home;
Lisa and Aidan overcome  bullying after advocating for themselves proved ineffective;
and Feleasha, a single mother, get on track to overcome financial crisis.

With your generous tax-deductible donation today, you are helping to directly impact thousands more lives in 2017.  While our volunteers donate their time, it still takes significant staff resources to run our 10 distinct legal programs, provide training and mentoring to our volunteers, and work with community partners to provide holistic legal services for our clients. 
Please consider setting up a recurring donation today. Even a small gift of $20 a month can make a significant impact in someone's life. 

Click here to read more about our clients, and, whether it's a one-time or recurring gift, don't forget to donate today!

From all of us at VLJ, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Stay tuned for some exciting new updates in 2017!

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