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NJ Association for Justice Educational Foundation Creates Scholarship to Help Children of 9/11 Victims Attend Rutgers Law School

April 19, 2012 – 

The New Jersey Association for Justice Educational Foundation has established a scholarship fund to help children of victims of the September 11 attacks attend Rutgers University School of Law in Newark or Camden.

“The creation of this scholarship fund is part of our ongoing effort as attorneys to help the victims of the tragedy of September 11, 2001,” said Scott G. Leonard, Esq., Chair of the NJAJ Educational Foundation, the education arm of the New Jersey Association for Justice. “As attorneys we provided immediate free legal services and help to many families victimized by the September 11 attacks and this donation is part of our continuing effort to provide support and assistance,” Leonard said. “We were proud then to be true to our commitment to helping those in need and we are proud to continue that commitment with this scholarship fund.”

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Scott G. Leonard, Esq. (second from right), Chair of the NJAJ Educational Foundation, with (l-r) Vice Dean Ronald Chen, Senior Associate Dean Fran Bouchoux, and Director of Development Ava Majlesi.

The NJAJ Educational Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to Rutgers University to establish the law school scholarship fund. The fund will be used to benefit students who enroll in the Rutgers School of Law–Newark or the Rutgers School of Law–Camden.

“Rutgers School of Law–Newark has been a leader in the broad conversation on the challenges to our nation’s legal system raised by the attacks on 9/11 and the continuing struggle against terrorism,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. “Now, because of this generous gift by NJAJ, we will be able to provide important assistance to individuals most personally affected by the events of that day.”

The New Jersey Association for Justice, an organization of more than 2,300 trial lawyers, has had a longstanding commitment to aiding families of those killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. NJAJ worked with its national organization, the American Association of Justice, and fought to create the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to help victims of the tragedy and their families. The lawyers’ organizations created Trial Lawyers Care, which provided pro bono legal assistance to the victims of September 11.

Those efforts attracted more than 1,100 volunteer lawyers from every state, six Canadian Provinces, as well as England, Mexico, and Australia. These lawyers dedicated a combined total of more than 100 years on these cases. Trial Lawyers Care counseled 4,000 families, helping those from 35 states and 11 countries. More than 1,700 families were represented by Trial Lawyers Care attorneys, who helped them with the process of applying for financial help through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.