Truly unprecedented in scope and impact, Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust Survivors Justice Network partners pro bono attorneys with Jewish social service providers to provide free legal assistance to Holocaust survivors seeking reparations from Germany. Founded in May 2008, HSJN operates in more than 30 cities across the country. To date, over 5,000 survivors have been served through the Network, and have already recovered more than $11 million from Germany. Survivors assisted through HSJN are projected to recover over $190 million over the next five years.
Over thirty Jewish Family & Children’s Services agencies and more than 100 law firms and corporate legal departments have already joined this groundbreaking coalition. Since 2008, thousands of lawyers and other legal professionals have donated nearly 100,000 hours to participating in this one-of-a-kind experience. Never before have so many partners come together in a coordinated effort to provide legal assistance to a single client group across the United States.
HSJN has garnered a number of national awards recognizing its innovation and impact, including the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award, the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award, and the Pro Bono Partner Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Pro Bono Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Esther Lardent of the Pro Bono Institute has praised HSJN’s success: “To us, this is the new face of pro bono. It’s pro bono moving to another level.”
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