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VLJ Names Matthew Stoloff, Esq. as its "February 2012 Pro Bono Attorney of the Month"
Florham Park Resident Has Advocated for Rights of Special Education Students on Behalf of VLJ Since 2009
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.
"Safeguarding the rights of children is at the core of our special education program," said Karen Sacks, Esq. founding executive director of VLJ. "Through the years, Matthew has put in hundreds of hours of pro bono work for us, helping students obtain the school services to which they were entitled."
Earlier this year, Stoloff assisted a learning disabled high school student, who had been sexually assaulted in school, obtain a new placement. "This student now feels safe and is able to receive the supportive services that she needs," continued Sacks. "The student's mother told us that since this settlement was reached, her daughter is truly a different and happier person and that their lives are turned around for the better. We couldn't be more thrilled with this outcome and are extremely thankful to Matthew for all of his efforts and dedication."
The Law Office of Matthew Stoloff has locations in Princeton and Chatham, N.J. Stoloff focuses his practice on disability rights, student rights, special education, employment law, animal law and appellate. He is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.
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-