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CAMDEN — Queen N. Stewart has joined Volunteer UP Legal Clinic as its community outreach and engagement attorney.
Stewart’s primary focus will be to expand the scope of Volunteer UP’s services by assisting individuals with prior criminal justice involvement, as well as their families and communities, to prevent further negative ramifications of past criminal records.
“I’m proud to be part of an organization dedicated to achieving equitable access to justice for all, regardless of their financial circumstances,” Stewart said in a statement.
“Volunteer UP understands that an individual’s access to justice often hinges on their ability to afford legal representation rather than the merits of their case. I’m excited to champion this cause and recruit new volunteers, as they contribute to bridging this gap.”
A former trial attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance, Stewart runs her own practice in Cherry Hill. Stewart had served as assistant county counsel, union counsel, and associate general counsel and the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office. A 2023 Camden County Freedom Medal winner, Stewart, of Voorhees, founded Create Urgency, a social media campaign encouraging people to follow their dreams while documenting her battle with breast cancer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Queen as a much-needed advocate for justice-impacted individuals and their support systems,” Patricia A. Legge, the executive director of Volunteer UP Legal Clinic. “Oftentimes, something as simple as old monetary fines can prevent individuals from rejoining society as productive citizens.
“We can now dedicate resources exclusively to handling driver’s license restorations, low-level municipal court matters, and criminal record expungements for returning citizens.”
Stewart attended Rutgers School of Law in Newark. Following law school, Stewart gained experience working on various cases in the civil, criminal, family, and municipal courts.
The Volunteer UP Legal Clinic connects clients facing barriers to their success with South Jersey attorneys who volunteer to provide high-quality pro bono legal services not otherwise available to make a difference in the lives of economically disadvantaged and otherwise marginalized residents of Camden and its surrounding communities.
Primarily serving Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties, the Clinic assists clients with many types of legal issues that are common to low-income residents. Clients include veterans, returning citizens, those with mental health and addiction issues, and families at risk of homelessness.?
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