Honoring Dickinson R. Debevoise
In April 2016, the AFBNJ contributed $5,000 to the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) in memory of United States District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise to help support the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise Social Justice Legal Advocacy Fellowship. Judge Debevoise served with unparalleled distinction for more than 35 years as a federal judge in the District of New Jersey until his death in August 2015 at 91. During his years on the bench, Judge Debevoise earned a reputation as a consummate jurist, deeply admired and respected for his powerful intellect, fairness, and his passionate commitment to justice. Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the NJISJ provides dynamic and independent advocacy aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural inequality that help create just, vibrant, and healthy urban communities throughout New Jersey. The NJISJ employs a broad range of tools to advance its ambitious urban agenda, including research and policy analysis, public education, communications, grassroots organization, the development of pilot programs, legislative strategies, and litigation. Consistent with his commitment to public service, Judge Debevoise served as the NJISJ’s founding Board Vice President, Trustee, and later, Trustee Emeritus. In that capacity, Judge Debevoise helped create, shape and advance the Institute’s mission.