5th Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute


We are pleased to announce the awarding of the 2022
Hon. Jerome B. Simandle Award*
The Honorable Lois H. Goodman

Monday, January 23, 2023 (Zoom webinar)
CLE Program: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Award Announcement: 2:00 pm

Program is free to attend.

Presented in cooperation with the United States District Court

Opening Remarks: AFBNJ President Ricardo Solano Jr., Esq., CareOne

View from the New Jersey Federal Bench:

Hon. Sharon A. King, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
Hon. Leda Dunn Wettre, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
Moderator: Hon. Lois Goodman, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey

This panel will start with an overview of the U.S District Court’s Pro Bono Program and will cover the types of cases assigned, process for assignment, how to become a part of the program, what Judges expect from pro bono counsel, the experience newer counsel can gain in pro bono cases, and what a pro bono trial looks like from the bench.

Pro Bono Practitioner Resource Update: Eric H. Jaso, Esq., Spiro Harrison & Nelson

Keynote: Justice Barry T. Albin (Ret.), Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Justice Albin will discuss the importance of pro bono and public interest representation and, using the Kakkouras litigation as a case study, analyze critical strategic choices in Section 1983 litigation.

Avoiding Pitfalls in Pro Bono Representation:

Maximilian D. Cadmus, Esq., Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Lauren Brophy Cooper, Esq., Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Adelina Herrarte, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Natalie J. Kraner, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Moderator:  Marc D. Haefner, Esq., Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga

Although litigation for paying and pro bono clients may be more similar than you think, this session will identify some of the key differences and discuss procedures, techniques and tips to avoid potential pitfalls so that you may represent pro bono clients to the fullest. The panel will touch on engagement issues, potential complications in pro bono representation, setting boundaries, best practices in communication, responsibilities within the law firm and available resources.

Hon. Jerome B. Simandle Award* Presentation:

The Simandle Award will be presented to the Hon. Lois Goodman at the AFBNJ’s Annual Judicial Conference being held in-person on March 21, 2023 at Forsgate Country Club. We hope you will join us then to honor Judge Goodman.

Important CLE Information:
2.2 CLE credits have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education.
1.5 substantive CLE credits have been approved towards Pennsylvania.
In order to receive proper credit, each attendee is required to complete and submit a CLE affirmation form after the program, including filling in the code(s) provided during the program.