Scarinci Hollenbeck Summer Associates Volunteer with Prisoner Rehab
July 14, 2016
Summer Associates gain valuable advocacy experience and contribute pro bono hours by helping former inmates get back on track through the ReNew Program
Lyndhurst, NJ – July 14, 2016. Scarinci Hollenbeck’s summer associates now have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, and earn pro bono hours, through the firm’s involvement with New Jersey’s ReNew Program. Established by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, ReNew is a prisoner reentry program created to assist former federal inmates transitioning back to society. The program was officially launched in January 2013 to help ensure that former inmates will succeed after their release from prison and not commit new crimes that would send them back behind bars. Scarinci Hollenbeck is on the list of pool firms from which participants will have the opportunity to choose.
The focus of Scarinci Hollenbeck’s summer law clerk program has always been to offer the students a platform for their future growth as attorneys. “Our law clerk program provides a solid learning experience to those few applicants that we can accept from among the many who apply,” said Donald Scarinci, Managing Partner. “Our supervised law clerk summer program includes full participation in all of the activities of the firm ranging from our blogs to our social events.”
According to Laura Miller, Counsel to Scarinci Hollenbeck, who acts as coordinator of the summer clerks, “It is important for our summer clerks to experience diverse practice areas, go to court, and benefit from whatever wisdom some of our well-seasoned attorneys and permanent staff have to offer. This total experience includes contributing pro bono hours.”
Scarinci Hollenbeck’s participation in the ReNew program will also add to the firm’s continuing efforts to give back to the community. The firm’s attorneys are actively involved in many organizations and groups aimed at advancing under-represented minorities in the legal profession. Also, among Scarinci Hollenbeck attorneys are Fulbright professors, recognized Latino leaders, and members of organizations including Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, WBENC—Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association and GLBT Rights and Women in the Profession Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Many of the firm’s attorneys devote their time to pro bono civil rights issues such as representing the New Jersey State Bar Association as amicus curiae in the marriage equality litigation (Lewis v. Harris) and, most recently, representing the League of Municipalities in the matter of Heffernan v. The City of Paterson, et al. Scarinci Hollenbeck has also defended the Anti-School Bullying Act in a challenge before New Jersey’s Council on Local Mandates.