A Plug for the Appellate Pro Bono Civil Pilot Program

Baptiste v. Baptiste, 2010 WL 5395803 (App. Div. Oct. 29, 2010).  In this otherwise run-of-the-mill appeal, the Appellate Division thanked a private lawyer for appearing with plaintiff at oral argument and supplying transcripts under the court’s Pro Bono Civil Pilot Program.  The Program, which provides pro bono representation in Special Civil Part, landlord-tenant, and domestic violence appeals, was started several years ago.  Several dozen firms initially volunteered to handle these appeals pro bono, but only a relative few have actually done so.  [Disclosure:  My firm, Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, has handled three such appeals under my supervision].

The Appellate Division rightly expressed its appreciation to counsel who handled this matter.  The court would certainly welcome other counsel to handle civil appeals pro bono under the Program.