About the Center

Established in 2019, the Justice Gary S. Stein Public Interest Center at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden (Stein Public Interest Center) is dedicated to a broad range of public interest impact litigation and appellate advocacy that advances social, racial, and economic justice; protects civil liberties and constitutional rights; and promotes an open and transparent government.

The Stein Public Interest Center is named after retired New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary S. Stein in recognition of his distinguished career of dedicated public service and contributions to the legal profession. During his remarkable 17-year tenure on the New Jersey Supreme Court, Justice Stein helped shape the law for generations to come. In honor of his legacy, the Stein Public Interest Center is dedicated to advocating for the rights and liberties of all individuals.

The establishment of the Stein Public Interest Center reflects the firm’s long-standing commitment to lean in and to leave an imprint on the public issues of our time. Throughout the firm’s history, attorneys at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden have participated in this region’s most significant public interest lawsuits and landmark appellate court cases, remaining at the forefront of issues such as government transparency, free speech, voting rights, and the integration of the state’s public schools. 

Under the leadership of Director CJ Griffin, the Stein Public Interest Center partners with local, regional, and national organizations to promote and advance justice. 

Pashman Stein Walder Hayden received the 2020 Pro Bono Law Firm Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association, which award was in part based on the work done by the firm through the Stein Center.

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