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,"
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-