Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Names Elitza Meyer, Esq. as Event Committee Chair for its "7th Annual Arts & Eats for Justice Gala"

Top Quote Event Raises Funds for VLJ's Pro Bono Legal Services to Low-Income Individuals in N.J. End Quote
  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) August 17, 2011 - Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) has named Elitza Meyer, Esq. as event committee chair for its "7th Annual Arts & Eats for Justice Gala," on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Each year, this signature event raises critical funds for VLJ's comprehensive pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in N.J. Meyer, who is a member of VLJ's board of trustees, serves as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

    "The Gala is always a special night for VLJ. It's a time for us to celebrate with our volunteers and supporters while we reflect on what we have accomplished through the years and what still needs to be done to aid the thousands of low-income individuals struggling with legal issues," said Karen Sacks, Esq., founding executive director of VLJ. "Elitza has been a long-time volunteer with VLJ and we couldn't be happier to have her as our event committee chair this year."

    Meyer received the 2010 Bernard Kuttner Award by the Essex County Bar Association and VLJ's 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition to her efforts with VLJ, she has held several board positions including membership on the board of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.

    The Gala will be held at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, N.J. from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year's event features gourmet cuisine from the area's top restaurants, a silent auction, and live jazz.

    At the Gala, VLJ will present its 2011 Pro Bono Leader Award to the Hon. Julien X. Neals, Esq., the City of Newark's business administrator and chair of the nonprofit's board of directors, and its 2011 Pro Bono Award to the dedicated volunteers at AT&T. In addition, Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, VLJ's former parent organization, will present its annual Dickinson R. Debevoise and Douglas S. Eakeley Awards that evening, which will go to Merck & Co., Inc. and Kenneth Kunzman, Esq., a partner with Connell Foley LLP in Roseland, N.J., respectively.

    VLJ and Meyer have assembled an event committee of business and community leaders. They include Kristi L. Vaiden, Esq., global legal counsel, office of general counsel of Ernst & Young; Robyn Mait Levine, director of Redbook Magazine; Christina Baker Kline, an accomplished author; David Bershad, a member of VLJ's board of trustees and the ReLeSe steering committee.

    Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Companies and Individuals
    A wide range of sponsorship opportunities for the Gala are available including dinner sponsorships from $5,000 to $25,000. All dinner sponsors receive tickets, listing on event signage, VIP reception admittance, an ad in the journal, and listing in all media. Opportunities to place an ad in the event's program are also available for $75 to $1,000.

    Sponsors thus far include Merck, McCarter & English, Gibbons, Lowenstein Sandler, Pfizer, White & Case, Patton Boggs, PSE&G and DLA Piper. "We are thankful to our sponsors for their continued generosity in helping to make the Gala possible as well as many of our critical programs for those in need," says Sacks.

    Since its inception in 2001, VLJ has concentrated on the areas of greatest need for economically-disadvantaged individuals including bankruptcy, family law, special education, and consumer law. VLJ also focuses on helping low-income Essex County residents with criminal records address the civil legal barriers that serve as obstacles to their successful community reintegration with its Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe) program. Through direct in-house representation as well as through referrals to volunteer attorneys, ReLeSe assists its clients with driver's license restoration, resolution of long out-standing municipal matters, modification of child support orders, and the expungement of criminal records.

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