Legal Services of New Jersey
50th aniversary 
Join us in commemorating 50 years of essential free civil legal assistance. Over 2.4 million cases handled
More than 7 million clients represented
 Major changes in every area of law affecting people
living in poverty

LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAMS are the primary vehicle by which society provides free civil legal services to people who could not otherwise afford it. This year, Legal Services programs in New Jersey are commemorating 50 years of working to close the justice gap for disadvantaged individuals and families.

In 1965, with the support of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the newly-established national Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) created the Legal Services Program. By 1967, 13 local Legal Services programs had opened in New Jersey, along with the State Office of Legal Services, under the Department of Community Affairs. Amid civil disturbances in Newark, Plainfield, New Brunswick, and other cities, Legal Services attorneys began to ensure access to justice for the most disenfranchised residents of the state. The challenges were many, the successes frequent.

Over the next 50 years, programs were consolidated, resources pooled, technology introduced, efficiencies constantly achieved. For today’s five regional programs with offices in all 21 counties, tied together through coordination by Legal Services of New Jersey, the mission remains unchanged—access to justice for people in poverty.

For more information, call 732-529-8203 or email