Legal Services of New Jersey, Inc.

aka LSNJ   |   Edison, NJ   |  http://www.lsnj.org

Mission

The mission of Legal Services, more broadly expressed, is to provide legal representation and advocacy to secure social and economic justice for the disadvantaged and all people. Legal Services focuses its work on the most pressing and important legal needs of low-income people--essential legal aid. Our mission is to secure the greatest possible measure of substantive and procedural justice for our clients, with a special emphasis on expanding economic opportunity for those in poverty. Services are provided in response to a broad range of civil legal problems, including those in the areas of housing, family, consumer law, income maintenance, education, health, employment and juvenile matters.

Ruling year info

1975

President

Ms. Dawn Miller Esq.

Main address

100 Metroplex Drive Suite 101

Edison, NJ 08817 USA

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EIN

22-2059939

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Program Overview

Census data indicates that more than 2 million people in New Jersey-- nearly one out of every four in the state--have incomes low enough to qualify for Legal Services' helmore than 460,000 low-income adults in NJ have at least one serious civil legal problem each year. Of these, fewer than one in six receive help from a lawyer. There is one Legal Services lawyer in NJ for every 11,000 people eligible for services, compared to one private attorney for every 200 people in the general population. New Jersey has 7 Legal Services programs: 6 regional field programs, providing direct service to clients in all 21 counties, and LSNJ, the statewide coordinating office. The current Legal Services staff numbers more than 420 statewide, including more than 180 attorneys. LSNJ ties the six regional program efforts together, providing information, training, legal and administrative coordination, technical assistance, and other support. LSNJ also provides client representation in matters of broad significance, and initiates special projects in response to particular, emerging needs of the low-income population. Current special projects at LSNJ include: LSNJ-LAW, a toll-free, statewide legal hotline; the Domestic Violence Representation Project; the Immigration Representation Project; the Health Care Access Project; the Family Representation Project; the SSI project; the Consumer Protection/Home Defense and Anti-Predatory Lending Projects; the Family Representation Project; the Prisoner Reentry Project; the Education Representation Project; the Senior Citizen Legal Representation Project; the Workers Legal Rights Project; the Legal Assistance to Medical Patients Project; the Tax Legal Assistance Project; the Veterans Legal Assistance Project; and the New Jersey Poverty Research Institute.

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Legal Services of New Jersey, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cynthia Jacob

Fisher & Phillips

Lisa Rodriguez

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Stephen Orlofsky

Blank Rome LLP

Karol Walker

Kaufman Dolowich Voluck

Cynthia Jacob

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Regina Little

National Treasury Employees Union

Ross Lewin

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Douglas Eakeley

Rutgers Law School

John McGoldrick

No Affiliation

James Zazzali

Zazzali, Fagella, Nowak, Kleinbaum & Friedman

John Wallace

Brown & Connery LLP

Virginia Long

Fox Rothschild

Edwin McCreedy

McCreedy & Cox

Michael Furey

Day Pitney

Carlos Bollar

Archer & Greiner

Dara Govan

US Attorney's Office

Ramona Romero

Princeton University

Robert Holmes

Rutgers Law School