Legal Services of New Jersey

Coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, including 5 regional programs. Based in Edison, NJ.
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Primary geographic focus: New Jersey
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LSNJ

LSNJ coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans for their civil legal problems.

New Jersey has six Legal Services programs: 5 regional programs (which provide direct services to clients in all 21 counties through 23 local offices), and Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ), the statewide coordinating office.

See a state map showing which program covers which counties.


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More New Jerseyans In Poverty Now Than in the Last 50 Years

Briana Vannozzi
November 16, 2015
A new report by Legal Services of New Jersey shows that the amount of people living in poverty in the Garden state is the highest it's been in half a century.


Poverty study is an alarm bell for N.J. state government

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
November 18, 2015
A new report from Legal Services' Poverty Research Institute offers a more contemporary look into the price of living in New Jersey.

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N.J. should be embarrassed by high poverty rate, Assembly speaker says

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
January 27, 2016
New Jersey should be "embarrassed" that 2.8 million of its citizens — including 800,000 children — live in real poverty, said Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson).


In Christie’s absence, N.J. lawmakers tackle poverty

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
February 1, 2016
More people are living in poverty in New Jersey now than in any time in modern history. New Jersey needs a major push to fix this.

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Legal Services of New Jersey expects expungement ecxitement
April 17, 2016
Legal Services of New Jersey is bracing for what is expected to be a flood of inquiries from people with prior arrests or criminal convictions as a new law takes effect April 18.

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In N.J., some offenders can erase record faster now

Michael Boren
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2016
Under a state law that takes effect Monday, people could have a faster path to clearing their names.

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Legal Services Worried That Trump Will Take Ax to Agency

Charles Toutant
New Jersey Law Journal
January 25, 2017
But advocates for equal access to the courts say it's too soon to write the agency's obituary.

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Proposed cuts would reduce legal aid for poor

Shannon Eblen
Courier-Post (NJ)
March 23, 2017
Cuts to funding for legal services for the poor could force thousands of New Jersey residents to go without representation in civil cases, advocates warn.

Letter to Editor

Legislature should restore funds to budget for Legal Services

Brian P. Stack
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
April 27, 2017
I am urging my colleagues in the Legislature to protect the families that are served by Legal Services by restoring the $5 million appropriation to the State Budget and ensure that families receive equal protections under the law.

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As N.J. welfare programs shrink advocates raise concern

Maddie Hanna
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2017
As potential cuts to the federal Medicaid program command headlines, advocates in New Jersey are raising concerns about shrinking state programs for the poor.

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