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Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Welcomes Cathy Keenan, Esq. as its New Director of Pro Bono Services

Freehold Resident Possesses Extensive Experience in the Family Law and Pro Bono Arenas

 
 
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PRLog - Feb. 23, 2012 - Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a Newark, N.J.-based non-profit providing comprehensive legal services to economically-disadvantaged individuals in the State, has named Cathy Keenan, Esq. as its Director of Pro Bono Services. Keenan, who was raised in Essex County and now resides in Freehold, N.J., possesses extensive experience in the family law and pro bono arenas. In her role at VLJ, Keenan will oversee all of the non-profit's recruitment and training of volunteer attorneys as well as their casework.

Prior to joining VLJ, Keenan was a judicial clerk and a practicing family law attorney. She also led a large-scale pro bono program with Legal Aid Services of Oregon, which is based in Portland, for more than nine years. During her distinguished career, Keenan has served on, and chaired, numerous boards and committees in the area of pro bono and legal services. Those include serving as a member of the Oregon State Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee, president of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Multnomah Bar Association, and chair of the YLS Pro Bono Committee. Keenan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

"Cathy has a unique combination of experience in the legal and pro bono worlds, and is highly-regarded within both of these communities," said Karen Sacks, Esq., founding executive director of VLJ. "In particular, the expertise she gained from working with Legal Aid Services of Oregon will be an extremely valuable asset to VLJ. We are thrilled to have her join our team."

Established in 2001, VLJ has grown from a grass roots effort of 30 volunteer attorneys in Essex County to a state-wide not-for-profit with five staff attorneys and more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys aiding thousands of clients each year. Programs include free legal counsel and advice; educational seminars on various legal matters such as consumer law, bankruptcy, family law, and special education; and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues.

VLJ's Continued Need for Volunteer Attorneys

In order to provide essential legal services to clients, VLJ is in constant need of volunteer attorneys. As an approved legal services provider of the New Jersey Supreme Court, this designation allows certain court costs and filing fees to be waived for VLJ's clients, enables VLJ volunteer attorneys to claim an exemption from mandatory pro bono assignments after 25 hours of voluntary service, and provides the opportunity for out-of-state attorneys to volunteer with the program. Recognized for its contributions to the community, VLJ received the "Community Builder Award" from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in 2008 and was the 2007 recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association's "Annual Pro Bono Award."

Please visit VLJ's web site at www.vljnj.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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About Volunteer Lawyers for Justice: Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) provides comprehensive legal services to economically-disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey to ensure fair and equal treatment within the legal system. Programs include free legal counsel and advice, educational seminars on various legal matters, and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues. Established in 2001, VLJ has grown from a grass roots effort of 30 volunteer attorneys in Essex County to a state-wide 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with six staff attorneys and more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys providing free legal services to thousands of clients each year.

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