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Montclair's Karen Sacks Selected for Law Journal's Top Women in the Law


MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair resident Karen Sacks is making headlines for her work as an attorney.

On September 14, the New Jersey Law Journal has selected Karen Sacks, the founding executive director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) and a Montclair resident, for its 2016 Top Women in the Law. She was listed among 25 women highlighted in the private, public and public interest sectors.
The newspaper said its project was an “attempt to shine a light on the outstanding work being done by female attorneys across New Jersey.”

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While in private practice, Sacks was engaged in various pro bono efforts. Ten years later, after witnessing funding cuts to pro bono legal programs, she moved full time into public interest work. 

Through a small grant Sacks secured 15 years ago to create a pro bono program in New Jersey, VLJ was born. She now oversees the work of VLJ, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year of providing pro bono legal advice to low-income people. 

Sacks’ interest in public interest law began in law school while interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. 

Sacks has also volunteered for the Unemployment Action Center, helping the unemployed receive benefits; and served as an editor on the Review of Law and Social Change.

VLJ advises on issues including bankruptcy, consumer matters, eviction, child support, reentry after military service, Superstorm Sandy recovery and reentry after prison.

In 2015, VLJ volunteers donated more than $2 million in free legal services. 

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In Photos: Local Parks Flood During Monday Morning Rainstorms

April 17, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - This morning's downpours sent torrents of water into the Third River causing it to over flow its banks.

Passaic Avenue at Brookside was closed by the Nutley Police Department shortly after TAPinto Nutley arrived to capture these images of the flooding. 

Runoff inundated Memorial Park, caused the Third River to spill over its banks in Yanticaw Park, ...

After Comparing Democrats to Nazis, Leaders Call for Resignation of Montville Committeewoman

April 12, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee voted to censure Committee Member June Witty for a personal Facebook post she made on April 8 which compared Democrats to Nazis. All four members of the five-person committee asked for her resignation.

The post, a chart which states that Nazis believed in “media mind control,” “no guns,” abortion, and ...

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Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

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Don’t Complain; Vote!

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MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

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Buzz Aldrin Middle School Presents: Astronomy for Everyone

April 23, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Buzz Aldrin Middle School will be hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 24th.  

The program, entitled Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe, is an exciting family program with some incredible video footage for ages 5 to 100+ about the universe from the very small to the very large.  It's a virtual journey throughout the ...