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  MCBA Lawyer Referral Service for RU Students


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The Office of Student Legal Services at Rutgers University (RU SLS) and the Middlesex County Bar Association have created a reduced-fee lawyer referral service (RU LRS) to serve the myriad needs of RU students.  A key to RU SLS Director Don Heilman’s original proposal to the University was the existence of a large, talented and committed Bar Association right here in Middlesex County that already possessed a licensed and ABA-Certified Lawyer Referral Service.


The RU SLS provides students with an initial consultation on any law-related issue and is staffed by Director Heilman, who in addition to his law degree possesses a Masters of Education from Rutgers; Staff Attorney Tina Martins Cruz and Administrative Assistants April Lopez and Ricardo Nava.

In its first year of operation in 2010, before the partnership with the MCBA, RU SLS saw close to 300 students. It is currently seeing students at a rate of 60-70 per month involving matters covering 44 different areas of law.


Those matters the RU SLS office cannot handle are referred to MCBA members who participate in the RU LRS Program, ensuring that the students see competent local counsel who specialize in the necessary areas of practice.


RU SLS and the MCBA are looking for bar members to join the service. The basic requirements are as follows:

  • Licensed to practice law in New Jersey;
  • MCBA Membership;
  • Professional Liability Insurance;
  • Attendance at a 2 credit CLE course on "College Students as a Special Population and Their Legal Issues";
  • Agree to provide a free initial consultation (up to 30 minutes); and
  • Agree to limit hourly counsel fees to no more than $75 (with exceptions based on specialties and the nature of the work involved).

The RU SLS is open to all students of every level and from all campuses in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden.


To learn more, visit the RU SLS website at: or contact Program Director Donald Heilman at 848.932.4529/


For bar members interested in joining this referral program, click here for an application, call the MCBA at 732.828.3433, x. 100 or send email to

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