Proud of some recent honors and affiliations

May 15, 2011

Every attorney in New Jersey is required to do some Pro Bono work, usually in criminal or family law matters that are assigned without regard to an attorney’s practice area. But, there are many volunteer opportunities available to attorneys that are more, well, voluntary. And these can be not only great opportunities to help worthy organizations, they also provide for some terrific networking, and the occasional business development situation. All-in-all, a pretty good thing.

My first foray actually began last year, when I joined the NJ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a terrific organization that provides legal education, representation, and other legal services to the entire State‚Äôs arts community, and in particular to low income artists and non-profit arts organizations. Technically, I got involved as part of their all-lawyer fundraising production of Bye-Bye-Birdie last year (and I’ll be performing again in this year’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at NJPAC on September 14th – mark your calendar). But, when you add your talents (singing and/or legal) to the organization, you’re helping NJ maintain its long history as a place for artists to thrive.

More recently, I’m proud to have had my firm named as one of Garden State Equality’s 2011 Companies of the Year. Each year, GSE honors organizations who have done important work with the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. As an attorney focusing on labor and employment matters, it is only natural to be involved with one of the state’s premier anti-discrimination advocates. And, it is an honor to be so recognized.

I have also had the chance to volunteer for the Welcome Home Vets Fund of NJ, an organization dedicated to providing free and/or low-cost legal services to returning veterans, as well as identifying job opportunities and other programs and services that can benefit veterans. The group meets monthly in East Hanover, and no, you needn’t be a veteran to volunteer or get involved.

Being a solo practitioner enables a good deal of flexibility in terms of outside participation in the community. But anyone can get involved with these great organizations. I’m glad I did.