Emily Goldberg of McCarter & English Named one of NJBIZ's 2011 Best 50 Women in Business

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McCarter & English, LLP is pleased to announce that Firmwide Pro Bono Director, Emily Goldberg, has been named one of New Jersey’s “2011 Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ, a weekly business journal owned by Journal Publications.

“With more than 10 years in public service, Emily’s career has been dedicated to ensuring equal rights for all communities, particularly those that have been historically marginalized," said Susan Feeney, a partner in the Newark office.

McCarter & English, LLP is pleased to announce that Firmwide Pro Bono Director, Emily Goldberg, has been named one of New Jersey’s “2011 Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ, a weekly business journal owned by Journal Publications. The annual list recognizes 50 of the best women in business for their outstanding contributions to the State of New Jersey, both in their industry and community. The awards ceremony will be held on March 28th at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.

“We congratulate Emily on this great honor,” said Susan Feeney, a partner in the Newark office, who nominated Ms. Goldberg and is also President-Elect to the New Jersey State Bar Association. “With more than 10 years in public service, Emily’s career has been dedicated to ensuring equal rights for all communities, particularly those that have been historically marginalized. Her passion for the principles of equality and public interest; her unwavering commitment to clients and her remarkable work ethic have made her a strong voice for social change not only at McCarter but throughout the State. She truly embodies a record of commitment and excellence that is befitting of this award.”

Based in McCarter’s Newark office, Ms. Goldberg oversees the firm-wide Pro Bono Program which spans seven offices and includes some 400 attorneys. Under her management, the firm’s pro bono representation includes work on issues related to criminal justice, veteran’s benefits, immigration, domestic violence, human rights, microfinance, family law, civil rights/constitutional law and counseling/advice to non-profit organizations. She works closely with the firm's attorneys and staff in each office to identify the pro bono needs of that community, and manages the firm's pro bono program along with a Pro Bono Committee consisting of partners from each office.

“Growing up in New Jersey has always motivated me to come back to make a contribution,” said Ms. Goldberg. “I am very committed to working toward the greater good and improving the legal protections our State provides to all of its residents. The support I have received from McCarter has been tremendous and is greatly appreciated. I am honored to receive this recognition.”

Recently elected to the Board of Trustees for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, which provides legal services to NJ’s economically-disadvantaged, Ms. Goldberg secured the firm’s participation in VLJ’s new Newark Legal Advice and Resource Clinic for Consumers (NLARCC). NLARCC is an advice-only pro bono clinic that will assist low-income Newark residents who are dealing with consumer debt issues -- and is the first advice-only clinic of this kind in New Jersey. The firm will be partnering with Prudential Financial in its pro bono efforts with the Clinic.

Ms. Goldberg was also appointed in June to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, where she will help to develop more effective pro bono programs and policies throughout the State.

Prior to joining McCarter, Ms. Goldberg was a Visiting Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law since 2007, where she was responsible for supervising law students handling civil rights, prisoners' rights, and education cases in a clinical setting. While at Seton Hall, she also taught a pre-trial skills seminar each semester.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Goldberg was a NAPIL (now Equal Justice Works) Fellow, first with the National Women's Law Center in Washington D.C. and then with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs. After completing her fellowship, she continued to work with the Washington Lawyers' Committee, practicing in the areas of employment and housing discrimination. Thereafter, Ms. Goldberg returned to New York to serve as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna, United States District Court, Southern District of New York. She subsequently joined Gibbons P.C. as a Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law, where she practiced in the areas of civil rights, immigrants' rights, prisoners' rights, and death penalty.

Ms. Goldberg received her B.A., summa cum laude, in American Studies and a Certificate in Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University in 1996. In 2001, she received her J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she served as a Staff Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. While in law school she served as a Legal Intern at the Voting Rights Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

Ms. Goldberg was recognized in the 2010 issue of New Jersey Law Journal's "40 Under 40." In March 2009, she was a recipient of the ACLU of New Jersey’s “Legal Leadership Award,” which recognized her “leadership and dedication in advancing civil rights and civil liberties in New Jersey.” She and the firm were also the recipients of the Garden State Equality “Pillar of Progress Prize,” in recognition of the amicus brief that she drafted in the Lewis v. Harris case in June 2010 focusing on marriage equality for same-sex couples.

In 2010, McCarter received a rating of A+ for pro bono contributions from the New Jersey Law Journal and was ranked in the top 200 law firms nationwide by American Lawyer.

About McCarter & English
McCarter & English, LLP, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington. http://www.mccarter.com

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