Lowenstein Sandler has been honored with the New Jersey State Bar Association's 2010-2011 Pro Bono Award, presented annually to an individual and firm that demonstrate exemplary pro bono service. The award was presented today at the NJSBA's Fourth Annual Pro Bono Conference, held at the Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ.
New Jersey State Bar Association President Susan A. Feeney praised Lowenstein Sandler and fellow winner John Hargrave, a South Jersey attorney, for their commitment to pro bono work.
The selection process was particularly competitive this year, as the NJSBA had more nominations than in any past year.
Lowenstein Sandler is being honored for what NJSBA calls its "culture of service," embodied by the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest, an initiative established to expand the firm's pro bono work and community service. Through the Center, Lowenstein attorneys dedicated more than 23,000 hours of pro bono work in 2010, reflecting an average of more than 96 hours per attorney. Among a broad array of litigation, transactional and policy work, ongoing highlights include a suit challenging the constitutionality of early-morning immigration raids on homes, in which firm attorneys defeated a motion to dismiss based on the heightened pleading standard of Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. 1937 (2009); and the firm's advocacy for safe and adequate shelter on behalf of 40 homeless men, women and children who have been denied emergency shelter by Ocean County, NJ, and currently reside in the woods of Lakewood, NJ.
"Commitment to pro bono was a founding principle of Lowenstein Sandler and continues to be an integral part of our work as a firm," said Kenneth H. Zimmerman, chair of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest, who accepted the award on behalf of the firm. "We're honored that the New Jersey State Bar Association is recognizing Lowenstein's longstanding dedication to public service, but more important, that as a firm, we're able to make important contributions and positive changes in our communities."