Work Begins At The Lowenstein Center For The Public Interest

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 01:00

Lowenstein Sandler PC has officially begun work at the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest. The Center is devoted to expanding the impact of Lowenstein Sandler's pro bono work and increasing the participation of the firm's attorneys and staff, as reflected in its mission statement.

The Center is led by member of the firm Kenneth H. Zimmerman and supported directly by attorneys who each devote 25 percent of their time to Center activities. Members of the inaugural staff are: Brooke Gillar, Melissa Lozner, Sally Na, David Reiner and Eric Weiner.

The Mission

From its founding, Lowenstein Sandler has been committed to advancing the public interest and serving the communities in which firm employees live and practice. The Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest couples the firm's strong pro bono program with other aspects of the firm's civic engagement to address significant social problems and offer meaningful assistance to low-income, disadvantaged and other vulnerable persons and the organizations that advocate for and support them.

The Center:

1. proactively identifies issues, programs, and partners to ensure that the firm's involvement achieves significant impact for those in need, building on the strong interests and passions of firm attorneys and staff and reinforcing the firm's commitment to civic leadership;

2. encourages the broadest possible participation from all of our attorneys to bring to bear the judgment and experience of our senior attorneys while recognizing the inherent professional development opportunities for all attorneys;

3. ensures that attorneys, professional staff, and others in the firm participate in meaningful pro bono and civic opportunities;

The Center aims to:

4. increase opportunities to work with our neighbors, clients, and in our communities to advance the common good;

5. promote collaboration among attorneys and staff and, more broadly, enhance morale and spirit within the firm;

6 advance recruitment and retention of talented attorneys; and

7. fulfill our responsibilities as legal professionals and as citizens

Focusing its efforts in the following areas: (1) children/education, (2) community and sustainable development, (3) civil and human rights, (4) immigration, (5) criminal justice, and (6) the arts, the Center has already enabled Lowenstein Sandler to undertake pro bono appellate work on behalf of national children's rights organizations and transactional work to expand community responses to the foreclosure crisis and promote commercial development in distressed urban areas. Work has also included individual representation of immigrant children through the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) program and ongoing impact litigation on behalf of developmentally disabled adults and children in special education programs, among many other efforts.