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For richer, for poorer (access required)

Law firms work with the Office of the Public Defender in a pro bono partnership to provide indigent clients with top-flight representation

The appellate division of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender is never short on work. The 1,300 appeals per year the OPD takes on for indigent clients can often take up to a year and a half each. To help with the case load, the office developed a pro bono partnership with 13 private New Jersey and New York law firms. Launched in April, the partnership is already handling 35 appeals.

Gabrielle Saulsbery
Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.

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