Winter  2019 
Thank You For Making 2018 VLJ's Best Year Yet!
Thanks to our generous sponsors, advertisers, honorees, attendees, and donors, the 2018 Arts and Eats for Justice gala was the most successful fundraising event in VLJ's 17 year history. Completely shattering expectations, VLJ raised nearly half a million dollars through the reception on November 14, 2018-money that will go directly to helping low income New Jerseyans get the critical legal help they desperately need.
VLJ is proud to have honored Panasonic Corporation of North America, the Jewish Women's Foundation of New Jersey, and Hobby's Delicatessen & Restaurant (in memory of Sam Brummer and honoring Rona, Marc, and Michael Brummer) at the event. Each of the honorees has played an important role in supporting VLJ and its mission. 
We are so grateful to everyone involved in the evening, especially the gala committee led by Tricia O'Reilly of Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP; our Board Chair and emcee for the evening, Susan McGahan of A T&T; Paula Franzese of Seton Hall Law School, who helped us raise almost $20,000 the night of the gala; the artists who brought the "Arts" to Arts & Eats for Justice: Newark Print Shop and the students of B.R.I.C.K. Peshine Academy and Jazz House Kids; and all the supporters and attendees.
We're looking forward to an extraordinary 2019 filled with clinics, know-your-rights seminars, and direct representation of clients. We're also excited to host CLE's and other training sessions for our volunteers. If you haven't been involved, or if your involvement has lapsed, we urge you to consider volunteering or donating today! Your support translates directly into a family staying in their home, a veteran getting their license restored, a child with special needs receiving the educational services they deserve, a single-mom successfully navigating a painful divorce, or a low-income neighbor finally tackling crippling debt and rebuilding their lives.
Thank you again to everyone involved. On to 2019!

Jaclyn Kramer
Development Director
Recent photos of VLJ volunteers assisting  litigants at the Divorce Clinic.
Spotlight on Service: Tim Law
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice is honored to recognize Tim Law as the February 2019 Volunteer of the Month for his work with our New Jersey Human Trafficking Victims' Legal Assistance Program (Trafficking Program). Tim recognizes the pivotal role a skilled and dedicated attorney can play in changing the lives of human trafficking survivors with criminal records, and he exemplifies the zealous champion for survivors' rights.

Tim is a Partner in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith, where he represents corporations, non-profits, and universities in liability insurance coverage litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Despite his incredibly busy schedule, Tim makes sure to carve out time to do significant pro bono work. He continues to work with United Policyholders, is very involved with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, and has done significant pro bono work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. About a year ago, Tim began to think about expanding his pro bono work even further. 
Welcome To VLJ's Newest Board Members: 
Judith McCarthy & Jeffrey Shapiro
Judith McCarthy is Assistant Corporate Secretary and Counsel at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), a position she has held since September 2017. Prior to joining PSEG, she was at the law firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she worked in the Corporate and Securities Group.  
Before becoming a lawyer, she worked in book publishing at different companies for nearly 20 years, most recently at McGraw-Hill as Publisher of Consumer Books. 
She received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1988 and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in 2013.  She is admitted to the bar in both New Jersey and New York.
Jeffrey Shapiro is a Partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, in the firm's Transactions and Advisory Group, where he advises clients on a complete range of transactions and issues, including mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, stockholder and member rights, governance, reorganizations, LLC formations, commercial transactions, and corporate law matters, as well as on Hart-Scott-Rodino Act antitrust matters.  He also serves on the firm's pro bono committee.  He joined the firm in 2000.
Jeff received his undergraduate A.B. degree in economics from Hamilton College in 1987 and his J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law in 1992.  He is admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey.

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