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Celebrating the 'Heroes' of Pro Bono

February 22, 2013

Celebrating the 'Heroes' of Pro Bono

New Jersey Law Journal




Lawyers from across the legal community came together recently for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Conference. The daylong event offered the opportunity for attorneys to explore many facets of improving the delivery of pro bono service, as well as recognize those lawyers and organizations that have given back to the community.
Judge Glenn A. Grant, the acting administrative director of the Judiciary, served as the keynote speaker. The program featured break-out sessions for in-depth exploration of key issues, and a discussion of the findings of the association’s Pro Bono Task Force.  
The conference also included the presentation of the association’s annual Pro Bono Awards. The winners were:
Gerard Brew is a partner at McCarter & English specializing in trusts and estates. He supervises a diverse docket of pro bono matters, including the firm’s two-year-old domestic violence project.
Mary Ellen Koscs-Fleming, who left Merck & Co., Inc. in 2004, but continued to volunteer for Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, where she had long worked with the company’s pro bono lawyers. 
Partners for Women and Justice in Montclair was founded in 2002 to help victims of domestic violence. 
Gibbons P.C., employs full-time pro bono attorneys through its John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law, which was founded 22 years ago. 
Photos by Jim Beckner