Established in 1999 by the Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein Foundation, the Institute provides a dynamic and independent voice for change necessary to create just, vibrant, and inclusive urban communities throughout New Jersey.
Over the course of their shared life together, spanning more than 60 years, Alan and Amy Lowenstein always supported efforts seeking to advance social justice for the benefit of all members of society. So it was in early 1993 that New Jersey lawyer and community leader, Alan V. Lowenstein, first proposed the establishment of a New Jersey law Institute to advance social justice for the benefit of all members of society. Armed with a rough proposal of what this institute would look like, Mr. Lowenstein sought the advice of the friends and experts who could best help him shape the organization and purposes of the Institute. Two participants in the earliest discussions included New Jersey Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz, who used his court to promote social progress and equality, and Justice Stewart G. Pollock.