We are grateful to the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and NJSBA – Young Lawyers Divison (YLD); they have been great partners in providing for free and available legal services to our reentry clients. One of the major strengths of our program, as was designed by John Koufos, is our ability to provide legal services for our clients to address outstanding warrants and legal issues. Many of our clients are trapped by the legal wreckage of their past.
Thanks to the NJSBA, and particularly the YLD, we have assisted innumerable clients in monetizing prison time so that warrants are lifted and clients are able to secure motor vehicle identification on the pathway to a driver’s license. With an MVC license, clients are able to gain admittance to the New Jersey building trades, as well as numerable other employment opportunities.
In society, we don’t often think about how essential a license or state identification is for survival; identification is required for housing, access to federal employment and training opportunities, and more.
The NJSBA, municipal court judges, and judges throughout the State of New Jersey have made this critical aspect of our reentry program a reality. It is ironic that NJSBA President Keefe thanks us, when in fact, it is the NJRC on behalf of our clients who thank him and the NJSBA and YLD for their leadership, their commitment to access of our court system, and for their compassion and determination in helping our clients to redeem and restore their lives.
In attendance at the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City last month were Jim McGreevey, John Koufos, Tom Eicher, Director, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office; and Joe Hayden, Attorney, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.