Legal Services of New Jersey


2022 Equal Justice Award Reception

Congratulations to the 2022 Equal Justice Awards Recipients!
On June 7, 2022, dozens of pro bono volunteers and community and legislative supporters were honored for their contributions to justice. In addition, two distinguished honorees were inducted into LSNJ’s New Jersey Equal Justice Library and Archive (NJEJLA) Circle of Honor. NJEJLA serves historical, education, and preservation purposes. The Circle of Honor memorializes those who have made extraordinary achievements in advancing equal justice.


Distinguished Honorees

Douglas S. Eakeley, Esq.
LSNJ Board of Trustees
Former Chairman, Board of Directors Legal Services Corporation
Stanley C. Van Ness (posthumously)
First Public Advocate
State of New Jersey

Special Presentations

Eliana Pintor Marin
New Jersey Assemblywoman
29th Legislative District

Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Esq.
Former New Jersey State Senator
16th Legislative District

New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation (NJBLF)

Melville “De” Miller, Jr. Memorial Fund

Jessica Miller


The Exceptional Service category of Equal Justice Medals is for those individuals who have, in one year or over a number of years, made extraordinary pro bono contributions to their affiliate programs, with one awardee honored from each New Jersey Legal Services program.

Central Jersey Legal Services
Stanley Fink, Esq.

Essex-Newark Legal Services
Arnold J. Calabrese, Esq. and Becker & Poliakoff

Legal Services of New Jersey
Pauline M.K. Young, Esq.

Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey
Diane S. Margolin, Esq.

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
Steven Rubenstein, Esq.

South Jersey Legal Services
Rachelle Ann Waitz, Esq.


Equal Justice Medals were awarded this year to recognize and honor those firms, community organizations, board members, and individuals that made significant contributions to Legal Services and provided much need services to the low-income community over time and especially during the global pandemic.

Central Jersey Legal Services
Geleen G. Donovan

Essex-Newark Legal Services
The Reverend Dr. Jethro C. James, Jr.

Legal Services of New Jersey
Frank Agostino, Esq. and Caren Zahn, E.A.

Legal Services of Northwest Jersey
Morris County Department of Human Services

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

South Jersey Legal Services
Jewish Family Service

The 2022 New Jersey Equal Justice Award's program may be found here
For more details, email Judy Long, Chief Development Officer: [email protected]

EJA 2019
EJA 2017
EJA 2014

Visit the Circle of Honor section of the NJEJLA website to learn more about prior inductees

We would like to thank the following generous sponsors for their support.

Equal Justice Leader

Equal Justice Partners

Equal Justice Supporters


Nicholas M. Insua, Esq.