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Essex-Newark Legal Services

  • Location:
    5 Commerce Street
    2nd Floor
    Newark, NJ 07079
  • Map:
  • Phone: 973-624-4500
  • Fax: 973-624-8745

ENLS Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for attorneys in the community to serve our low-income population and supplement our limited staff resources. Often, volunteer attorneys serve clients who would otherwise be turned away, providing representation in areas outside our expertise. Volunteer attorneys have recently taken cases in the areas of Special Civil Part affirmative litigation, divorce and family law, domestic violence, access to education, parental representation in child welfare proceedings, bankruptcy, wills and probate, social security appeals, guardianship, housing and related issues, consumer fraud and consumer defense.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Essex
  • Area of law: Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, Housing, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits, Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • Populations Served: Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Low Income, Persons with Disabilities, State Residents, Women
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legal Research, Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students
  • Other Project Types: Training
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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Jellisa Joseph, Esq.,
Closing the Gap 

Ms. Joseph is a pro bono attorney for Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Closing the Gap program. She began volunteering with Closing the Gap at the commencement of this year and has assisted unrepresented litigants almost each month thereafter. Read More

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