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Gibbons Director Lawrence Lustberg Honored by the New Jersey Institute For Social Justice


June 16, 2016

Lawrence S. Lustberg, Chair of the Criminal Defense Department at Gibbons P.C. and Director of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law, was presented with the 2016 Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein Social Justice Award at the 11th Annual New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Gala in Newark. This award was established in recognition of the belief that “social justice should be the underlying goal of all humanity.”

“This honor not only exemplifies Larry’s commitment to the firm and to his clients, but reaffirms his longstanding dedication to improving the quality of representation available to the greater community,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons.

The Gibbons Fellowship delivers significant pro bono public interest legal services, working with a broad cross-section of public interest groups. As the Director of the Gibbons Fellowship, Mr. Lustberg is responsible for the scope of its work and the breadth of issues it addresses. While “public interest” encompasses a necessarily broad range of concerns, Mr. Lustberg has defined the focus of the Fellowship and its goal of affecting change in any way possible to provide access to the legal system for those who might not necessarily have it, all while improving the system for everyone.

Mr. Lustberg has been recognized for his work by numerous organizations and publications. He was inducted into the inaugural class of New Jersey Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award winners in 2015. New Jersey Law Journal also named him “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 in recognition of his work in winning the right to marriage for same-sex couples in New Jersey, and he was included in the inaugural Star Ledger Inside Jersey’s “100+ Club.” He is the former president of both the AFB-NJ and Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the latter of which awarded him with their highest honor – the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award. He has been the recipient of numerous honors from organizations such as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, ACLU of New Jersey, Legal Services of New Jersey, Garden State Equality, Partners for Women and Justice, and Essex County Bar Association, among many others. Mr. Lustberg has long been recognized in Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, and U.S. Lawyer Rankings.

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is a Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization, established in 1999 by the Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein Foundation. It strives to expand access to economic opportunity for low-income and minority residents of the state’s urban areas; make government accountable to the concerns of urban residents; and ensure the civil rights and other equal opportunities of minorities and low-income individuals in New Jersey.

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