For the fifth consecutive year, Lowenstein Sandler has earned an A+ rating in the New Jersey Law Journal Pro Bono Ranking. The firm ranks first in the state for its pro bono work, with the highest overall pro bono score - a weighted average of pro bono hours per attorney and the percentage of attorneys with 20-plus hours of pro bono work in the fiscal year. Lowenstein Sandler attorneys performed a total of 19,500 pro bono hours in 2009, or more than 82 hours per attorney.
New Jersey Law Journal recognized the firm for an extensive body of pro bono work, including the 2009 launch of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest and work in some of the Center's key focus areas. In the area of children and education, the firm was highlighted for its work with charter schools, which included serving as counsel for Uncommon Schools in connection with the closing of $26 million in project financing that will help build a charter high school occupied by North Star Academy Charter School in Newark, NJ; and for its work with Kids in Need of Defense to provide universal legal representation for all unaccompanied children in U.S. immigration court proceedings.
New Jersey Law Journal also noted the firm's work on nationally significant impact litigation. In a suit challenging the constitutionality of early-morning immigration raids on homes, firm attorneys defeated a motion to dismiss based on the heightened pleading standard of Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. 1937 (2009). Lowenstein's increased amicus work included an Appellate Division argument in support of the right of siblings to visit with one another when they are separated by placement in foster care or adoption.