LSNWJ seeks Finance Administrator

LSNWJ seeks a Finance Administrator to join our Team.  Details: LSNWJ FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR 2015

Michael L. Wojcik joins Board

Michael L. Wojcik, partner at Hollander, Strelzik, Pasculli, Pasculli, Hinckes, Wojcik, Gasquin, Vandenberg & Hontz, has joined the LSNWJ Board of Trustees.

LSNWJ Board of Trustees

LSNWJ’s Board of Trustees announces it new officers:  Mary Ellen Koscs-Fleming, President, Allan J. Iskra, Vice-President, JAne A. Herchenroder, Treasurer, Diane S. Margolin, Secretary, and Patrick T. Collins, Past President.LSNWJ officers

Diane K. Smith to join NJSBA Board of Trustees

Diane K. Smith, Executive Director, is honored to be joining the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees and appreciates the support of the Somerset County Bar Association.

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.

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 2014 LSNJ Award Recipients!

Congratulations to all 2014 LSNJ Award recipients, including LSNWJ’s Billie Jean Staples (Mary J. Dryer Career Service Award), David Saltzman (Gail Chester Staff Attorney Award), and Angela Arabia-Meyer (Ronald B. Atlas Staff Attorney Award)!

United Way of Northern New Jersey offers support to LSNWJ for 2015!

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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