28A — November 9 - 22, 2012 — New Jersey — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


N ew J ersey

By Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Miles Berger to be honored as Community Builder of the Year pro bono legal services to low- income individuals.


ONTCLAIR, NJ — Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ)

unwavering commitment to restoring New Jersey’s largest city to its past brilliance has led to concentrated real estate acquisitions and the employ- ment of more than 300 local residents. “Our volunteers and sup- porters like Miles have truly brought us where we are today, aiding thousands of clients in desperate need of legal services each year,” said Karen Sacks, Esq. , founding executive di- rector of VLJ. “Through their commitment and generosity, VLJ is that much closer to en- suring all those in New Jersey have fair and equal access to the law.” Today The Berger Organiza- tion’s 1 million s/f commercial portfolio and three of its hos- pitality properties are located in Newark’s central business district. “Our unwavering com- mitment to restoringNewark to its past brilliance continues to serve as the foundation for our company’s activity throughout the city,” said Berger. “We are proud to partner with VLJ in its work to aid those in need in our hometown and throughout New Jersey.” Berger’s interest in the fu- ture of Newark extends beyond the firm’s real estate hold- ings to his involvement with numerous organizations. He also has been recognized for his professional and personal efforts with Newark’s Busi- nessperson of the Year Award as well as community service honors from the Newark Po- lice Department, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Hispanic Law Enforcement of Essex County and Newark Emer- gency Services for Families. He has served on the boards of the Newark Public Library, Newark Symphony Hall, New- ark Boys’ Choir School and the Newark Holocaust Memorial Remembrance. Established in 2001, VLJ has grown from a grass roots effort of 30 volunteer attorneys in Essex County to a state-wide 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corpo- ration with hundreds of at- torneys. Its much-anticipated, 8th Annual Gala will feature live jazz and a showcase of innovative cuisine from the area’s top restaurants. That evening, the organization also will honor Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster with its “2012 Pro Bono Award” and Daniel Frischberg, Esq. with its “2012 Pro Bono Attorney Award.” n

Berger is widely recognized as a visionary for the City of Newark, NJ, where VLJ is based. He has been instrumen- tal in the city’s renaissance and was among the first to anticipate and work toward its revitalization as a destination of choice for business, shop- ping, dining, entertainment, sports and culture. His pri- vately owned, diversified real estate company purchased its first property there in 1976. Since then, Berger ’s deep appreciation for Newark’s rich history and personal,

will recognize Miles Berg- er , chairman a n d c h i e f executive of- ficer of The Berger Or- ganization as “Commu- nity Builder

Miles Berger

of the Year” at its 8th Annual “Arts & Eats for Justice Gala.” The event, set for Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, will benefit VLJ’s comprehensive

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