Search News & Press Releases

NJSBA urges funding for LSC

April 3, 2017
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director Communications
NEW BRUNSWICK – The New Jersey State Bar Association is asking all of the state's representatives in Washington to step up to support funding to provide legal help to poor residents.
The association added its voice to the chorus of those from around the legal profession asking that funding be restored for Legal Services Corporation, which provides assistance to programs around the country, including Legal Services of New Jersey, to represent the nation's indigent with civil legal matters.
"The NJSBA urges that Congress continue to provide robust funding for LSC and urges you, and your colleagues from New Jersey, to speak out against funding cuts that will deepen the yawning justice gap among the state’s neediest families. I thank you for your time and attention to this very important matter," said NJSBA President Thomas H. Prol in letters sent to the entire New Jersey delegation at the Capitol. 
Read the full letter here:
The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) is gravely concerned about the Administration’s call for elimination of funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in its FY2018 budget blueprint. On behalf of the 18,200 lawyers, judges, law students and other legal professionals who make up this great organization, we urge you to take action to ensure LSC receives sufficient funding to help serve the millions of people around the country who rely on its services.
LSC provides vital civil legal aid to 1.9 million Americans each year, primarily through grants to 133 civil legal aid programs with nearly 900 offices nationwide. In New Jersey, current LSC funding allows Legal Services of New Jersey to provide aid to an additional 20,000 New Jersey clients in 6,700 new matters each year.
When Congress formed LSC in 1974 (in a bi-partisan vote during the Nixon Administration), it found that "there is a need to provide high quality legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford adequate legal counsel;" and that "providing legal assistance to those who face an economic barrier to adequate legal counsel will serve best the ends of justice and assist in improving opportunities for low-income persons."
That remains true today.
LSC provides free legal aid in civil legal matters to the poorest, most vulnerable residents since there is no constitutional right to counsel in civil legal matters. LSC keeps families together and out of homelessness by fighting illegal evictions; helps keep senior couples in their modest homes in the face of imminent foreclosures based on predatory lending practices; protects victims of domestic violence; and makes sure those entitled to assistance from government programs designed to assist the state’s most vulnerable people actually receive the help they need.
LSC represents an important service to your constituents, as there is at least one Legal Services office in every county in New Jersey. In total, more than 120,000 new clients sought and received help from Legal Services of New Jersey in 2016. Just this week, the NJSBA co-hosted an event in Union City where over 150 residents came out to seek help from over two dozen volunteer attorneys. There is clearly a need, but without sufficient funding to supplement these volunteers who commit pro bono hours to help the community, many of those people will be turned away.
Our federal government was founded on the concept of justice for all. Funding the services provided by the LSC is part of the government’s commitment to that concept. It should not be transferred as an unfunded mandate to state and local governments, which are struggling to balance their own budgets. In fact, Legal Services of New Jersey is currently facing a $5 million state funding cut from Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget.
The NJSBA urges that Congress continue to provide robust funding for LSC and urges you, and your colleagues from New Jersey, to speak out against funding cuts that will deepen the yawning justice gap among the state’s neediest families. I thank you for your time and attention to this very important matter.
Thomas H. Prol

Contact: NJSBA Communications Department
Tel: 732-937-7527
Email: [email protected]


Founded in 1899, the NJSBA is the largest organization of attorneys, judges and legal professionals in New Jersey. At the core of our mission is improving the lives of our members, advancing the rule of law and serving as the voice of the profession. With 85 sections and committees, the NJSBA allows attorneys to benefit from being part of the most wide-reaching legal association in the state, while still cultivating expertise and building networks within specialized practice areas.



The New Jersey State Bar Association is committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive bar association. The Association recognizes that the broad concept of diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. The NJSBA fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that gives value to the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of the Association.

Learn More


The NJSBA Legal and  Government Affairs Department serves as the liaison between NJSBA members and the state’s three branches of government.


The New Jersey Law Center is located at 1 Constitution Sq, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901. Need directions to the Law Center? Click on the button below to get started right away.

Contact NJSBA

NJSBA Contact Us Form
If you're looking for an attorney, click here for help.

If you cannot afford an attorney and have a civil matter, click here for Legal Services of New Jersey.

Looking for information about a specific lawyer? Contact the Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection at 855-533-3863.

Have a complaint about a lawyer? Visit the Office of Attorney Ethics website. Select “Attorney Discipline” from the navigation bar for discipline of attorneys.

Contact Info

One Constitution Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Fax 732-249-2815

Email us

NJSBA Meetings and Events Calendar

From section, committee and division meetings with valuable CLE credit, to receptions and dinners and special events, the New Jersey State Bar Association regularly holds meetings so our members can meet their mandatory CLE requirements and network with the state’s largest attorney membership.

View Calendar

2024 Mid-Year Meeting

The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Mid-Year Meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland at The Shelbourne Hotel, Nov. 2-9.

View more information

2025 Family Law Retreat

The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2025 Family Law Retreat will be held in Mexico, San José del Cabo from March 23-27.

More Information

Practice HQ Training Events

Lawyers aren't taught practice management skills, and the NJSBA is here to fill the gap — no matter whether you are just starting out, mid-career or thinking about wrapping up their practices. Our PracitceHQ is here to help with webinars, informative articles, free consultations, comparison charts and so much more.

Practice HQ Training Events


The new NJSBA member benefit Decisis will help you level-up your legal research.

Decisis gives members access to a robust database of local and federal case law is necessary information often used to structure your case. Decisis provides industry-leading tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive, and it’s a free benefit to all active New Jersey State Bar Association members.

Decisis Training Events

Networking Events

The NJSBA provides a host of networking events so members can maintain relationships with existing colleagues and make new connects. Join us at a baseball game, the hockey arena, for a community service project, or another event.

Upcoming Networking Events

Benefits Of Membership

As a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), you will join a powerful network of 16,000 legal professionals across the state of New Jersey. NJSBA membership grants you access to year-round virtual and in-person networking events, leadership and professional development opportunities, member-only discounts, educational resources to help you stay in the know and much more!

Practice Management Tools

The NJSBA provides tools lawyers need to improve their practice, from our comprehensive PracticeHQ library of resources; a career center to find your next colleague or opportunity; an intuitive and high-powered legal research platform; and a robust Member Assistance Program to connect members, and those who live in their households, with experienced counselors and resources to address mental health needs.



As an NJSBA member, you'll become part of the collective power of the NJSBA network, giving you the ability to influence legislation and caselaw in New Jersey. Let’s work together to shape the future and solve critical issues facing attorneys and the public.

Become a Member Today!


Membership helps you build and maintain a powerful network through our in-person and online events with attorneys all over the state.


Become a Member Today!

Become A Partner Organization

The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) offers an exclusive partnership opportunity to amplify your organization’s impact and drive success. By harnessing the power of the NJSBA legal community, you can connect with our vibrant network of 16,000 legal professionals from 35+ different areas of practice, unlocking unparalleled opportunities for growth and achievement.


News and Press Publications

Learn more about the accomplishments of the Association, its members and events from regular news updates, press releases, and our award-winning magazine.



Read the comments, reports, resolutions and Board of Trustee news from the state’s largest organization of lawyers, judges and legal professionals.


Statements and Positions

The NJSBA is the voice of the profession and takes public positions on a range of issues with the legal community and government officials. It also takes positions on legislation and files friend-of-the-court briefs on matters that impact the profession. 

Photo Galleries

Check out photos from recent NJSBA events.

View Photo Albums

You do not have permission to view this form.