Thank you to our Golf & Tennis Outing Sponsors

The Board of Trustees of the Morris County Bar Foundation and 

Legal Services of Northwest Jersey gratefully acknowledge the

generous contribution of the following sponsors toward

the success of the 2014 Golf & Tennis Outing:


Platinum Sponsors

Bressler, Amery & Ross,

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

Sobel & Co., LLC


Gold Sponsors

Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C.

Investors Bank

Norris, McLaughlin, & Marcus, P.A.


Silver Sponsors

Donohue, Hagan, Klein & Weisberg, P.C.

Graham Curtin

Laufer, Dalena, Cadicina, Jensen & Boyd, LLC

Nusbaum, Stein, Goldstein, Bronstein & Kron, P.A.

Pallarino & Bogan, L.L.P.

Rosenberg Rich Baker & Company

Rotenberg Meril Solomon Beriger & Gutilla, P.C.

Wiss & Company


Bronze Sponsors

Tom and Pat Bracken

Cipolla & Co.

D’Amico Certified Shorthand Reporting

Peter Gilbreth, Esq.

Lakeland Bank

David Pennella, Esq.

Stephen “Skippy” S. Weinstein, Esq.

and Day Pitney Partners:

Benjamin Haglund

Robert Hollingshead

Dennis LaFiura

Mark Morgan

John O’Reilly

Mary Lou Parker

Gregory Parliman

Robert Rose

Elizabeth Sher

Joy Sperling


We also thank Christopher L. Garibian, Esq. for his generous contribution of the Hole-in-One.

Learn About Sponsorship Opportunities for the MCBF & LSNWJ Golf Outing

2014 MCBF-LSNWJ Sponsor Opportunities - Ads are available until 7/18/14golf outing sponsor

 The Morris County Bar Foundation Golf & Tennis Outing will be held on July 24, 2014!


For registration details, click here.

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Freeholder Director Scaglione Announces Community Box Winners for Somerset Patriots 2014 Season

News from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Patrick Scaglione, Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire, Freeholder Deputy Director
Peter S. Palmer, Freeholder Robert Zaborowski, Freeholder, Patricia L. Walsh, Freeholder.

As originally posted here on April 11, 2014  by the
Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione has selected 40 nonprofit organizations in an annual drawing for Community Box seats at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. The winners will be invited to watch the “Boys of Summer” play on various dates during the Somerset Patriots’ 2014 season.
somersetcounty2014-04-11“Since the time the ballpark was constructed by the county,  one 30-seat community box has been available for the benefit of nonprofits and community organizations,” said
Freeholder Director Scaglione. “This tradition allows us to showcase the amazing work being done by these organizations to improve the lives of Somerset County residents.”

Winners in the drawing include several emergency services organizations: Montgomery Emergency Medical Services; Green Brook Fire and Emergency Medical Service; Woods Road Fire Company Number 3 in Hillsborough; Liberty Corner Fire Company in Basking Ridge; Elizabeth Avenue Volunteer Fire Company Station 26 in Franklin Township and Somerville Rescue Squad.

Twelve youth organizations also won the Community Box drawing: Boy Scout Troop 41 in Bound Brook; Branchburg Basketball Association; Boy Scout Troop 90 in Branchburg; Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children in Bridgewater; Somerset County Special Child Health Services in Bridgewater; Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey in North Branch; Cub Scout Pack 113 in Franklin Township; Boy Scout Troop 195 in Franklin Township; Boy Scout Troop 84 – Sharks in Somerville; Somerville Pack 80 Cub Scouts; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Children and Youth in Somerville and Pack 42 in South Bound Brook.

Other winners include three senior organizations – Kirkside Senior Housing in Bridgewater, Hillsborough Township Senior Citizens Chapter A and Canal Walk Home Owners Association in Franklin Township. Two parent organizations – Milltown School Parent Teacher Organization in Bridgewater and Hillsborough Raider Diamond Club also won seats.

Additional winners are Bound Brook United Methodist Church; Bridgewater United Methodist Church; RideWise TMA in Bridgewater, Somerset County Sheriff Fraternal Order of Police Number 89 in Bridgewater; New Jersey Institute for Disabilities Group Home 7 in Bridgewater; Hillsborough Presbyterian Church; Hillsborough Township Parks and Recreation Department; South Branch Reformed Church in Hillsborough; Sourland Conservancy in Hopewell; Manville Recreation; Arc of Somerset County in Manville; Friends of the Carpenter Inc. in North Plainfield; Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Raritan; Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Montgomery; Franklin Township
Food Bank and Legal Services of Northwest Jersey in Somerville.

Winners are nonprofits whose client base consists of at least 50 percent Somerset County residents or community organizations that are located in Somerset County or have a facility based in Somerset County that serves the citizens of Somerset County. Winners provide a significant community service or volunteer element to Somerset County residents.

The Somerset Patriots will play their first 2014 home game on Friday, April 25, at 7:05 p.m.




Lowenstein Sandler, Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, and Merck Present Assistance for Homeless Veterans at the White House

Lowenstein Sandler, Merck, and LSNWJ

 From left to right, Catherine Weiss of Lowenstein Sandler, Sylvia Ayler of Merck, and Diane K. Smith, Executive Director of LSNWJ. Photo taken by Gary M. Wingens of Lowenstein Sandler.

heading lowsan press releaseApril 9, 2014 – The White House and The Legal Services Corporation invited the Veterans Justice Initiative – a partnership among Lowenstein Sandler, Merck, and Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (LSNWJ) – to present its progress at the White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice. The forum was held on April 8 with senior members of the Obama Administration and leaders from the legal community.  

The Veterans Justice Initiative (VJI) offers comprehensive legal services to veterans residing in a transitional housing facility at Community Hope, the largest nonprofit in New Jersey serving veterans and their families. The partners launched VJI in April 2011 to help formerly homeless veterans living at Community Hope overcome the legal barriers that obstruct their transition to independent living.  Lowenstein, Merck, and LSNWJ attorneys assist the veterans with access to disability benefits, restoration of suspended driver’s licenses, expungement of past criminal convictions, consumer and other debt counseling, and a variety of family law issues.  Since April 2011 VJI has provided legal assistance to 121 veterans in 169 matters.

“It is an honor to be selected to present at this important showcase of Legal Services-sponsored programs that are having a measurable community impact,” said Catherine Weiss, Chair of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest.  “The Veterans Justice Initiative is a great demonstration of how Legal Services can increase the resources available to needy clients by partnering with committed and passionate private organizations.  The veterans at Community Hope would not otherwise have access to legal services, yet such services are critical in enabling them to make a successful transition to independent living.  We are proud to work alongside our colleagues at Merck and Legal Services of Northwest Jersey on behalf of these veterans.”

“Each of the partners in the Veterans Justice Initiative brings its own resources and experiences to the collaboration,” said Diane K. Smith, Executive Director of LSNWJ.  “The combination results in a highly effective program.  All of the veterans assisted by the program were empowered to take action to resolve their legal issue.  Eighty percent of the veterans served by VJI achieved a successful outcome, which would not have been possible without an attorney at their side.”

“Merck’s pro bono team and the Merck Foundation are truly honored to support the Veterans Justice Initiative,” said Sylvia Ayler, Director, Intellectual Property, Office of the General Counsel, Merck. “Through the partnership, veterans are offered much needed legal counsel on issues, such as the expungement of a criminal record, the restoration of a revoked driver’s license, securing government benefits, and filing for bankruptcy.  It is very rewarding to give back to individuals who have faithfully served our country.”

The White House and Legal Services Corporation invited three programs to present at the forum.  The other programs represented partnerships between DLA Piper and LAF Chicago, and 3M and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.

Lowenstein Sandler is a national provider of transactional, litigation, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights legal services to many of the country’s top companies and funds. Close to 300 lawyers in our New York, New Jersey, and California offices immerse themselves in our clients’ industries in order to deeply understand their businesses.  We are characterized by our passion for our clients’ success, our commitment to our people, and our pro bono and public interest work in the communities that we serve.

Legal Services of Northwest Jersey is a non-profit law firm, funded by government, foundations, and individuals, that provides free legal services to low-income people residing in the five counties in northwestern New Jersey.  The legal assistance provided by LSNWJ staff and volunteers makes a critical difference in people’s lives and in the community.  Essential needs such as housing, income and assets for self-sufficiency, family relationships, personal safety, access to health care, and autonomy are met for more than 3,000 individuals and families each year because of the work of LSNWJ.

Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions.  We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships.  For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

Photos from the White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice

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 From left to right, Diane K. Smith of LSNWJ , Catherine Weiss of Lowenstein Sandler, Sylvia Ayler of Merck, and David Wissert, Cristina Baragona, and Cindy Hanna of Lowenstein Sandler.


Lowenstein Sandler, Merck, and LSNWJ

 From left to right, Catherine Weiss of Lowenstein Sandler, Sylvia Ayler of Merck, and Diane K. Smith, Executive Director of LSNWJ. Photo taken by Gary M. Wingens of Lowenstein Sandler.

Congratulations to 2013 LSNJ Award Recipients!

Congratulations to all 2013 LSNJ Award recipients, including LSNWJ’s Theresa A. Henninger (The Mary J. Dryer Career Service Award), David Saltzman (The Donna Hildreth Training Award), and Andrea Strack (The Gail Chester Staff Attorney Award)!

United Way of Northern New Jersey offers support to LSNWJ for 2014!

LSNWJ would like to thank the United Way of Northern New Jersey for the investment of resources into its Self-Sufficiency and Health Care Access programs. LSNWJ appreciates the United Way’s commitment to equal justice for low-income people in our region.


Reaching out to Veterans

LSNWJ attended  Morristown Stand Down this weekend, thanking veterans for their service and discussing the assistance available at our offices. The event, organized by Community Hope, was held on November 8-9 at the Armory in Morristown, and was attended by 200 veterans, family members, and volunteers.

See photos and details about the event featured in the article below, courtesy of
“Hundreds of struggling veterans find help in Morristown”

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LSNWJ Celebration of Justice Sponsors


  • Diane Margolin, Mike Weiner and Family
  • Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.


  • McCarter & English, LLP


  • McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
  • Thomas and Patricia Bracken


  • Cerminara Architect.
  • Diane K. Smith, Esq.
  • Wiss & Company, LLP.
  • Isaac Green Consulting Group, LLC.
  • Mary Ellen Koscs-Fleming, Esq. & Michael W. Fleming, Esq.
  • Thomas & Linda Welchman.