News New Jersey "Ban the Box" Legislation Now In Effect

The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act ("OCA") took effect on Sunday, March 1. The OCA - which "bans the box" on job applications, defers criminal background inquiries until after an interview.

Read the full article Christie Administration Dragging its Feet on Convict Employment 'Second Chance' Law, Advocates Say...

TRENTON — On Sunday, a new state law takes effect that bars many companies from asking job applicants if they have criminal histories until they've been granted a job interview.

Read the full article NJPAC and NPL to Host Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's (NJPAC) Center for Arts Education on Saturday, January 17 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Activities will include performing arts workshops, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform. The event is free, and children and their families are encouraged to attend. The center is located at 24 Rector Street.

Read the full article The Perfect Storm That's Making Life Worse Than Ever for the Shore's Working Poor

LAKEWOOD — All parents want to make Christmas morning special for their children, including Diana Jacobs, a substitute teacher and single mother of two from Lakewood. But this year, her car broke down, giving her no way to get to work or to take the kids to school, so she had to make some hard choices.

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NJISJ Fall Newsletter 2014

Newlsetter 6-pg-Singles-LoRes_Page_1   NJISJ Fall Newsletter 2014 - Read the latest that is happening at NJISJ!

NJ Supreme Court Reunites Daughter & Formerly Incarcerated Father

The recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. J.G., allowed J.G., a devoted father, to regain custody of his daughter and set an important precedent for formerly incarcerated parents throughout New Jersey. From the moment of his daughter's birth, J.G. cared for her, changing her diapers, taking her to the doctor, and fulfilling all other normal paternal responsibilities. This developing relationship abruptly ended when he was incarcerated in 2004. While he was in prison, his daughter was placed in the care of her maternal grandmother. 

Once released from prison, J.G. sought to continue a relationship with her, to remain in her life, to be her father.  Nonetheless, the Department of Children and Families (DYFS) took the position that his parent rights should be terminated - permanently severing the parent/child bonds and legal connections. J.G. fought the request. The state took the position that J.G. efforts to maintain bonds with his daughter were, given his incarceration, insufficient. But last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its ruling in New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. J.G.  

NJISJ Mourns the Death of Stephen L. Robinson

robinson_blogi.jpg  Stephen L. Robinson, a former Army Ranger and wounded-warrior, was a tireless advocate for military and veteran families.  Even though Steve retired in 2001 from the military, it was his mission to focus on veteran services, programs and employment for a population often forgotten. As a Persian Gulf War Vet, Steve testified in Congress about discharging a veteran with a “personality disorder” versus “post-traumatic stress disorder”, which was the difference between the veteran getting full benefits or not.  As the Vice President for External Veteran Affairs at Prudential Financial, Steve was instrumental in NJISJ rethinking and including this important and under-served population in our vision of equal justice. While we mourn Steve’s passing, our collective sadness is surpassed only by our collective gratitude that we enjoyed the rare good fortune of working with an individual of such compassion, commitment and vision. Thank you, Steve.  You will be dearly missed.

NJISJ Gala a Tremendous Success!








2014 Annual Awards Gala Wednesday, June 11 The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ

The New Jersey Institute’s 2014 Annual Gala was a tremendous success thanks to generous support of its sponsors and guests. 

Major sponsors included:

Lowenstein Sandler, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson

Paul V. Profeta and Associates, Inc., Prudential Financial, PSE&G

Steven C. Coleman of Paul V. Profeta and Associates, Inc., DLA Piper, East Orange General Hospital, Genova Burns Giatomasi Webster, Provident Bank, RBH Group, Charles and Lauren Rosen, Rutgers University, Newark, Winning Strategies

To view photos of this year’s honorees, click here



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