The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Hosts its 11th Annual Gala and Celebrates Three Honorees for Their Dedication to Advancing Social Justice

Newark, New Jersey — The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice will host its 11th Annual Gala at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on June 7th 2016. This year marks Ryan P. Haygood’s first year as the Institute’s third President and CEO. “During this exhilarating and rewarding time, my vision for moving the Institute forward and deepening the impact of our work has taken shape. It is an honor for me and the Institute team to advance social justice in the way Amy and Alan Lowenstein envisioned when they founded this mighty organization nearly 20 years ago.”

Paulette Brown, the first Black woman to lead the American Bar Association, will receive our inaugural National Social Justice Award. This honor was established to recognize individuals who have powerfully advanced social justice on a national platform.

The Institute will present Joseph M. Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic North America, with the Corporate Leadership award for his commitment to bending our urban centers towards community.

The Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein Social Justice award will be presented to Lawrence S. Lustberg for his commitment to empowering urban residents and their communities, and for his dedication to the belief that “social justice should be the underlying goal of all humanity.” Lustberg currently serves as the chair of the Gibbons Criminal Defense Department and longtime Director of the firm’s John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law.

The Institute’s 2016 Awards Gala will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St in Newark, New Jersey. Sponsors of the Gala include Lowenstein Sandler LLP,Panasonic Corporation of North America RWJ Barnabas Health,Kenneth Tanji, Essex Equity, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey, Prudential, Gibbons P.C. David Bershad, Nina and Theodore Wells, Mindy Cohen, Michael D. Francis, The Fund for New Jersey, John H. and Marcia Lowenstein, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, Rutgers University – Newark.

For tickets contact NJISJ at 973-624-9400 or visit our website

For more information about the event, contact Ashley Okwuosa ([email protected]) or Kristine Villanueva ([email protected])