The Essex County (NJ) Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recently honored Lowenstein Sandler PC for its long tradition of public interest work and generous donation of more than $1 million in pro bono legal services on the lawsuit of Children's Rights v. State of New Jersey , led by Lowenstein Sandler members Douglas Eakeley and David Harris.
Mr. Eakeley's and Mr. Harris's work on the case resulted in a consent order signed by Governor James McGreevey, mandating a full examination and reform of the state's current foster care system.
The presentation took place last month at CASA's 20th anniversary celebration at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ.
'Lowenstein Sandler is proud to support CASA and its extraordinary work,' Mr. Eakeley said. 'The Court Appointed Special Advocate Association serves as a voice for thousands of abused and neglected foster children, and strives to ensure their welfare and safety. It has been an honor collaborating with CASA to promote such an invaluable cause.'
Mr. Eakeley and Mr. Harris are trial lawyers who are recognized leaders in the pro bono community.
Mr. Eakeley, a former Rhodes Scholar, served as first assistant attorney general of the State of New Jersey. In 1993 he was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, which he chaired until April 2003. In 1997, Mr. Eakeley received the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.
Mr. Harris, chair of the firm's Litigation Department, has more than 25 years' of trial, appellate and arbitration experience in several jurisdictions, emphasizing intellectual property, trade secrets, antitrust, and other complex business litigation. Concentrating on trying complex cases to juries, Mr. Harris was recognized as one of the top ten litigators in New Jersey by the National Law Journal (May 2000). Additionally, Mr. Harris has been recognized by clients and peers in the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business for all three years that Chambers has evaluated practices important to the U.S. business community.