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Recognizing Pro Bono Volunteer Contributions

PROBONONJ appreciates and values the thousands of volunteers who spend vast amounts of hours each year assisting low-income New Jerseyans. Each participating organization has its own unique way of recognizing and acknowledging their volunteers. Here are some of the  recognitions given from the participnat organizations.

 

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Sue Vinci (Verizon). Sue Vinci
Verizon

Sue Vinci, Senior Managing Associate General Counsel at Verizon, successfully expunged the record of an individual who had been charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the administration of law. The incident occurred while the client was grieving publicly after learning of her father’s death. Client pled guilty to an amended charge of disturbing the peace in violation of a municipal code, and the obstruction charge was dismissed. The client was concerned that this matter would be unfairly prejudicial to her search for employment. Ms. Vinci is part of a continuing pro bono project between Verizon and LSNJ assisting individuals in clearing their criminal records. This cooperative project, developed as part of Verizon’s corporate-wide pro bono criminal justice initiative, also involves several other attorneys from Verizon
Ade  Oremuso (Verizon). Ade Oremuso
Verizon

Senior Managing Associate General Counsel at Verizon, successfully expunged the criminal record of an LSNJ client. Mr. Oremuso was able to help the client expunge a disorderly persons conviction and another separate arrest, effectively clearing the client’s entire history of arrests. Notably, the conviction had previously been statutorily barred from expungement, but clearing that conviction was made possible after a recent change in the law. Mr. Oremuso is part of a continuing pro bono project between Verizon and LSNJ assisting individuals in clearing their criminal records. This cooperative project, developed as part of Verizon’s corporate-wide pro bono criminal justice initiative, also involves several other attorneys from Verizon.
Danielle Hughes (Koster, Brady & Nagler, LLP). Danielle Hughes
Koster, Brady & Nagler, LLP

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program would like to extend a sincere thanks Danielle Hughes, Esquire of Koster, Brady & Nagler, LLP in Red Bank for concluding a pro bono expungement case through our Expungement Project. The client, a low-income Camden resident, sought to expunge her record to be able to secure more stable employment. Ms. Hughes attended the expungement training event in our Freehold office in March 2019 and accepted this case pro bono. Thanks to Ms. Hughes’ quick resolution of the issues, the Expungement Order on this matter was granted on July 8, 2019. We are truly grateful for her assistance in providing this much needed service for our clients. For more information on Ms. Hughes, please visit the following website: http://kbn-law.com/attorneys/danielle-hughes/.
Bruno Bellucci (). Bruno Bellucci

Thank you Bruno Bellucci, Esq. of BellucciLaw, P.C. for volunteering to help an Atlantic County individual with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy through our Private Attorney Involvement Program. We are always thankful for your willingness to help when needed. For more information on Mr. Bellucci and his firm, please visit the following website: http://belluccilaw.net/index.php.
Stephanie Albrecht-Pendrick (). Stephanie Albrecht-Pendrick

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program says THANK YOU to Stephanie Albrecht-Pedrick, Esq.! Stephanie is always willing to help when needed. This week, she agreed to accept another divorce for a low-income Atlantic County individual through our Divorce Project and we are very thankful. For more information on Stephanie and her firm, please visit the following website: http://stephaniepedricklaw.com/.
Jake Van Dyken (Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Divorce Group). Jake Van Dyken
Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Divorce Group

Thank you from the SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program to Jake Van Dyken, Esq., Of Counsel at Stolfe Zeigler for accepting a recent domestic violence pro bono referral. Jake successfully negotiated civil restraints and the client was very happy with the result. Jake is always willing to accept domestic violence referrals and we are very grateful for his advocacy for individuals who otherwise could not afford representation. Thank you Jake!
Rick DeMichele (DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C.). Rick DeMichele
DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C.

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Rick DeMichele, Esq. of DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. for volunteering to accept two pro bono divorces through our Divorce Project this week. Rick and has firm have supported the low-income population in their community for many years through our volunteer attorney program and have provided our clients with the same dedicated service as they do their other clients. For more information on Rick's firm, please visit the following website: https://southjerseylawfirm.com/.
Louis G. Guzzo (Law Office Of Louis G. Guzzo). Louis G. Guzzo
Law Office Of Louis G. Guzzo

Thank you to Louis G. Guzzo, Esq. of the Law Office Of Louis G. Guzzo for concluding a pro bono divorce through our Divorce Project for a low-income Gloucester county woman. The client was anxious to get divorced and Mr. Guzzo helped her through the process and she was granted a Final Judgment of Divorce. We appreciate you Louis! For more information on Mr. Guzzo and his firm, please visit the following website: http://theguzzolawfirm.com/.
Douglas Leney (Archer & Greiner PC). Douglas Leney
Archer & Greiner PC

Thank you to Douglas G. Leney, Esq. of Archer Law in Haddonfield who recently concluded a Chapter 7 pro bono bankruptcy through The Honorable Judith H. Wizmur Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project at Rutgers Law School in Camden. Mr. Leney has been a volunteer with this project for many years and we are very thankful for his help. Please visit https://www.archerlaw.com/attorneys/douglas-g-leney/ for more information.
Robert C. Thurston (). Robert C. Thurston

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Robert C. Thurston, Esq. for concluding three divorces for low-income Camden County residents through our Divorce Project. Mr. Thurston prepared each client's paperwork and attended the hearings with the clients when all three received their Final Judgments of Divorce. We are very thankful for his help! Mr. Thurston's firm concentrates its practice in the areas of Special Education Law, Guardianship and Disability Law. For more information, please visit the following websites: http://schoolkidslawyer.com/ and http://thurstonlawpc.com/.
Warren Brumel (). Warren Brumel

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Warren Brumel, Esquire in Keyport for concluding a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for a disabled Monmouth County senior citizen. The client had over $27,000.00 in debt from credit cards and medical bills that accumulated due to not receiving alimony for many years. Mr. Brumel agreed to help and she received a discharge of her debt in June. Mr. Brumel’s practice focuses on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and he is a frequent lecturer at the New Jersey Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference. For more information about Mr. Brumel, please visit his firm’s website at https://www.keyportlaw.com/.
Gary Borger (Borger Matez, P.A.). Gary Borger
Borger Matez, P.A.

Special thanks to Gary L. Borger, Esq. of Borger Matez, P.A. who has been a longtime supporter of our Private Attorney Involvement Program. Gary and his firm have assisted with many divorces over the years through our Divorce Project. When asked today if he would accept a case for pro bono representation for a low-income individual, he replied "Absolutely. Anytime you have the need, we are here." For more information on Gary and his firm, please visit the following website: https://www.njfamilylaw.net/divorce-attorneys-nj/.
Jay Feinman (). Jay Feinman

Thank you again to Jay M. Feinman, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden and former SJLS Board Member, who is conducted a debt seminar on July 16 our Camden office. Jay provides information to attendees regarding what to do if they are sued, how to handle a summons and complaint, and what a creditor can take if it receives a judgment. Thank you for the valuable information you provide to our clients and for all your support!
James Shannon (). James Shannon

A very special thanks to James Shannon, Esq. for his time today assisting our Ocean County clients with their custody, support and visitation issues! Mr. Shannon has been volunteering with our Family Assist program in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties and is always willing to accommodate an additional client or two when needed. We are truly grateful for his patience, his professionalism and his willingness to assist those clients in need of family law advice.
Jennifer Iseman (Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP). Jennifer Iseman
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Thank you Jennifer Iseman, Esquire for accepting a pro bono divorce for a Camden County senior through our Divorce Project. Ms. Iseman has accepted divorces and has also given advice appointments for victims of domestic violence. We appreciate all your help!
Erika L. Goldberg (Law Offices of Charny Karpousis Altieri & Donoian, P.A.). Erika L. Goldberg
Law Offices of Charny Karpousis Altieri & Donoian, P.A.

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Erika L. Goldberg, Esq. of the Law Offices of Charny Karpousis Altieri & Donoian, P.A. for assisting 4 clients through our Family Assist Project on July 10. Ms. Goldberg met with the clients in our Woodbury office and gave advice on issues including custody and parenting time. Ms. Goldberg was extremely patient with all the clients and was enthusiastic about helping them address their legal issues. We are very grateful for Ms. Goldberg's support and the support of this law firm. For more information on Ms. Goldberg, please visit the following website:http://wp.charnylaw.com/attorney-profiles/erika-l-goldberg.
Nicole Wise (). Nicole Wise

Many thanks to Nicole E. Wise, Esq. for assisting four clients in Atlantic County yesterday with their family law matters through our Family Assist Project. Ms. Wise, whose practice focuses on criminal law, family law and wills, also recently accepted a pro bono expungement referral for a client in Cape May County. We are truly grateful for her willingness to volunteer with us! For more information about Ms. Wise, please visit her website at https://www.nicolewiselaw.com/.
Rachelle Ann Waitz (). Rachelle Ann Waitz

Thank you again to Rachelle Ann Waitz, Esq. for giving advice appointments today in our Camden office through our Family Assist Project. Rachelle attended a divorce hearing with another of our clients this morning, prior to coming to our Camden office for advice appointments. She is scheduled to meet with 7 clients today and always goes above and beyond for our clients. Rachelle treats all clients with respect and gives them the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their families. We appreciate you very much Rachelle! Pictured are Rachelle Ann Waitz, Esq. (left) and Michelle T. Nuciglio, Esq., SJLS Director of Pro Bono Services (right).
David Meth (). David Meth

Many thanks to David Meth, Esq. for assisting three clients at our Monmouth County office today with their family law matters! Mr. Meth has provided 30-minute advice appointments through the Family Assist Project to our clients for their child support, child custody/visitation and divorce matters. He has also accepted pro bono referrals for Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. We are truly grateful for his time and support of our pro bono program.
Donna L. Freidel (Freidel & Kramer, P.C.). Donna L. Freidel
Freidel & Kramer, P.C.

Thank you and congratulations from the SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program to Donna L. Freidel, Esq. of Freidel & Kramer, P.C. in Turnersville for her fully favorable decision in a case referred to her through our Children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Project. Ms. Freidel volunteered to help a 9 year old boy who had autism and speech problems. The child had been denied SSI benefits twice. Ms. Freidel advocated for this child for almost two years and the Administrative Law Judge issued a fully favorable decision on June 28, 2019. The judge found that the child claimant had severe impairments including autism spectrum disorder and encopresis and that the impairments caused more than minimal functional limitations. The judge also noted that the claimant had been under a disability since October 2016 which will likely result in a substantial retroactive award of benefits for this child. Thank you, Donna, for your willingness to persevere to help this child and family.
Diane Ault Cullen (). Diane Ault Cullen

Congratulations to SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program volunteer Diane Ault Cullen, Esq. on her retirement! Ms. Cullen has been one of our most dedicated volunteers since SJLS expanded into Ocean County in 2015. She often referred individuals to SJLS when she knew they could not afford a private attorney and then she accepted their cases pro bono. Ms. Cullen went above and beyond for every client and accepted related matters which she knew that the client would not be able to handle pro se. We will miss her compassion for those who are truly in need of legal assistance and wish her all the best in her retirement!
Michael Gill (GMS Law). Michael Gill
GMS Law

Thank you Michael Gill! The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks volunteer attorney and SJLS Board Member Michael A. Gill, Esq. of GMS LAW for concluding a pro bono divorce through our Divorce Project. Mr. Gill has been a long-time supporter of this project and is always willing to help when asked. Mr. Gill attended the hearing with the client on July 1, 2019 and obtained a Final Judgment of Divorce for this client who was very happy to receive her divorce. Thank you again for all your support!
Christine L. Matus (The Matus Law Group). Christine L. Matus
The Matus Law Group

Thank you The Matus Law Group! Thank you to Christine L. Matus, Esq. of The Matus Law Group for being willing to help a parent through The SJLS Guardianship Project for Children. Christine accepted a pro bono case through this project last week. Christine's firm provides estate planning services and legal services for special needs individuals including advocating for rights to public benefits, private funds, special education and community resources. For more information on Christine and her firm, please visit the following website: https://matuslaw.com/.
Kathleen Vella (). Kathleen Vella

Thank you The Law & Mediation Office of Kathleen M Vella! The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Kathleen Vella, Esq. who has been on our pro bono panel since 2014. Kathleen has assisted many clients with divorces and agreed to help again with a case this week. We are very thankful for Kathleen's support! For more information on Kathleen and her practice, please visit the following website: https://www.kvellamediation.com/.
William Reiley (Ballard Spahr, LLP). William Reiley
Ballard Spahr, LLP

Thank you Ballard Spahr LLP! The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program (PAI) thanks William P. Reiley, Esq. of Ballard Spahr, LLP in Cherry Hill for concluding a pro bono expungement case through our Expungement Project. Mr. Reiley attended a PAI expungement training in 2018 and worked on this case for a low-income Camden County man. The client received his Expungement Order on May 24, 2019. For more information on Mr. Reiley and his firm, please visit the following website: https://www.ballardspahr.com/people/attorneys/reiley-william.
Alan Domers (Domers Bonamassa & Hynes, P.C.). Alan Domers
Domers Bonamassa & Hynes, P.C.

Thank you Alan Domers, Esq.! The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Alan Domers, Esq. of Domers Bonamassa & Hynes, P.C. in Marlton for concluding a pro bono divorce for a low-income Camden County woman through our Divorce Project. Alan accepted this case and attended the hearing with the client on June 19, 2019 where she received her Final Judgment of Divorce. For more information on Alan and his firm, please visit the following website: http://dbhlawfirm.com/.
Tabitha Castro (The Castro Firm, Inc.). Tabitha Castro
The Castro Firm, Inc.

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Tabatha Castro, Esq. of The Castro Firm, Inc. for accepting a pro bono divorce today through our Divorce Project. Ms. Castro speaks Spanish and responded immediately that she is willing to help a Spanish-speaking client who has been waiting for a divorce. We appreciate your help Tabatha! For more information on Tabatha's firm, please visit the following website: http://thecastrofirm.com/.
Joseph Gable (Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law). Joseph Gable
Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Joseph W. Gable, Jr. Esq. of Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law in Marlton, New Jersey for volunteering to help with a case through The SJLS Guardianship Project for Children. Mr. Gable attended a CLE sponsored by the SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program last year and was assigned a case this week. Through this project, volunteer attorneys help parents obtain guardianship over their disabled children who will soon be 18 years of age. We are very thankful for Mr. Gable's willingness to help a family in need. For more information on Mr. Gable and his firm, please visit the following website: https://www.stark-stark.com/attorneys/joseph-w-gable/.
William Sanderson (). William Sanderson

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks William B. Sanderson, Esquire for recently concluding a pro bono Chapter 7 bankruptcy for a low-income Gloucester County individual. The client contacted our office because she had a wage garnishment and credit card debt. Mr. Sanderson volunteered to help her and the client recently received her discharge order. For more information on Mr. Sanderson and his firm, please visit the following website: https://williamsandersonlaw.com/about-us/.
Frank Fischer (Broege, Neumann, Fischer & Shaver, LLC). Frank Fischer
Broege, Neumann, Fischer & Shaver, LLC

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Frank J. Fischer, Esq. of Broege, Neumann, Fischer & Shaver, LLC in Manasquan, NJ for concluding a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for a single mother in Ocean County. In addition to bankruptcy, Mr. Fischer practices in a business & commercial, elder, estate planning, probate & estate administration and real estate. For more information about Mr. Fischer and his firm, please visit http://bankruptcylawyermanasquan.com/.com. We are very grateful for his support and for his continuous involvement with our program.
Stephanie Emmanuel-De Luna (The Castro Firm, Inc.). Stephanie Emmanuel-De Luna
The Castro Firm, Inc.

Thank you The Castro Firm, Inc.! Thank you to Stephanie Emmanuel-De Luna, Esq. of The Castro Firm, Inc. for volunteering to help a low-income Camden County woman with her divorce. Stephanie enthusiastically volunteered to participate in our Divorce Project and attended the hearing with the client yesterday during which a Final Judgment of Divorce was entered. We are very thankful for her help and for the support of this firm. For more information on The Castro Firm, Inc., please visit the following website: http://thecastrofirm.com/.
Eric Clayman (Jenkins & Clayman). Eric Clayman
Jenkins & Clayman

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Eric Clayman, Esq. of Jenkins & Clayman in Audubon for recently concluding a pro bono Chapter 7 bankruptcy for a low-income Burlington County senior. The client came to our office with credit card debt. Jenkins & Clayman assisted her through The Honorable Judith H. Wizmur Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project at Rutgers Law School in Camden and the client received her discharge on April 26, 2019. Thank you! For more information on the firm, please visit the following website: https://www.jenkinsclayman.com/
Rachelle Ann Waitz (). Rachelle Ann Waitz

Thank you Rachelle Ann Waitz, Esq.! The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Rachelle Ann Waitz, Esq. for helping a client she met through our Family Assist Project. Rachelle initially volunteered to give the client a 30-minute advice consultation. After the consultation, Rachelle was insistent on helping further, and volunteered to represent the client with her child support and custody issues. She won sole legal custody for her client and child support through a wage execution. Rachelle issued a subpoena to the defendant's employer to obtain his income verification prior to the hearing which resulted in a substantial child support award for this mother. Great work Rachelle!
Cori Lehrfeld (GIGLIOTTI & LEHRFELD, LLC). Cori Lehrfeld
GIGLIOTTI & LEHRFELD, LLC

Thank you from the Private Attorney Involvement Program to Cori H. Lehrfeld, Esq.! Cori attended an Expungement CLE held in our Camden office in October and accepted a pro bono expungement for a low-income Burlington County woman. Cori handled the matter and an Order Granting Expungement was entered on March 27, 2019. We are thankful for Cori's willingness to help this client. For more information on Cori and her firm, please visit the following: http://www.gigliottilehrfeld.com/index.html.
Bohdan Zachariasevych (BohZac Law, LLC). Bohdan Zachariasevych
BohZac Law, LLC

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Bohdan Zachariasevych, Esq. of BohZac Law, LLC for recently concluding a pro bono divorce for a low-income Cumberland County woman through our Divorce Project. The client had been waiting for quite some time to receive her divorce and we are extremely grateful that Bohdan was willing to help her. Bohdan has over twenty years of experience advocating for his clients in family law and consumer matters. For more information on Bohdan and his firm, please visit the following website: http://www.bohzaclaw.com/.
Robert J. Bowman (Law Offices of Schroll and Bowman). Robert J. Bowman
Law Offices of Schroll and Bowman

The SJLS Private Attorney Involvement Program thanks Robert J. Bowman, Esq. of the Law Offices of Schroll and Bowman for accepting a pro bono Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Mr. Bowman is always willing to help when needed and we are very thankful for his willingness to volunteer. For more information on Mr. Bowman and his firm, please visit the following: http://www.schrollandbowman.com/.

 
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