Our fundamental purpose is to make a difference by helping people better understand the laws that affect them every day.
We accomplish this by serving as a law-related education for the public, increasing knowledge of the law and legal system and by providing public service opportunities for attorneys.
- More than 300,000 free copies of our civics and law-related publications are distributed each year.
- The Legal Eagle, our legal newspaper for kids, is distributed to more than 1,600 elementary, middle and high schools across New Jersey three times a year.
- Respect, our diversity and inclusion newsletter, is sent to more than 1,200 middle and high schools in New Jersey three times per year.
- More than 4,600 educators and members of the public from across the country subscribe to our on-line news letters and blogs.
- Our publications for the public include Disability Law: A Legal Primer, Law Points for Senior Citizens, a Consumers Guide to the Law and Avoiding Notario Fraud. Click HERE to view all publications (there are more than 30!) Please note that some publications can be ordered, some are available to download only, and some are also in Spanish, Braille and CD.
- Over 5,000 students and teachers participate in Mock Trial Competitions each year.
- In 2023, 3,000 high school students (209 teams from 21 counties) competed in the Foundation’s Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition. 93 unique cases were submitted for the Law Fair (for grades 3-6) competition and 83 cases submitted for Law Adventure (for grades 7-8).
- In 2023, more than 200 attorneys volunteered their time and expertise as County Coordinators, Attorney-Coaches, and Mock Trial Judges for our High School Competition. Many more coached and judged the Foundation’s Law Fair and Law Adventure Mock Trial competitions.
- More than 400 people attend our Law & Disability Conference and Senior Citizens’ Law Day in-person at the New Jersey Law Center, with more than 300 attending virtually.
- In 2022, more than 6,000 students and community group members learned about the law from one of the more than 200 volunteer attorneys who are members of our Speakers Bureau and who share their legal expertise with schools, community and senior citizen groups.
- Over 3,500 teachers and educators attend workshops and webinars each year.
- More than 55 in-person, and more than 30 virtual violence prevention and anti-bias trainings offered each year.
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- In 2022, $40,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 2nd and 3rd year law students.
- In 2022, over $500,000 was awarded through our Cosponsorship program to 26 non-profit organizations to underwrite law-related programs for the public.
- Every year, the Foundation invites New Jersey County and Specialty Bar Associations to apply for “Court Night” funding to honor Law Day. In 2023, 13 organizations received funding.
- In 2022, ten $500 mini-grants were awarded to K-12 educators to promote law-related initiatives in schools as part of their in-school Peer Mediation Program.