NJ High Court Waives Conflicts In Pro Bono Bankruptcy Work

By Joshua Alston (July 2, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Wednesday said attorneys who offer pro bono representation to indigent debtors in bankruptcy proceedings do not create a conflict of interest if their firm represents an impacted creditor in unrelated matters, bolstering a state legal aid program.

New Jersey's high court ruled in favor of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a legal services organization, and Lowenstein Sandler LLP, which sought the court's review of a determination from the court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics. The ACPE said attorneys for large firms like Lowenstein create improper conflicts by handling pro bono bankruptcies for indigent debtors with...

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