Arnold Calabrese Awarded Equal Justice Award Medal for Exceptional Pro Bono Service
Becker is thrilled to announce New Jersey Office Managing Shareholder Arnold Calabrese is a recipient of the Legal Services of New Jersey Equal Justice Award Medal. Arnold was celebrated for his extraordinary pro bono contributions along with other recipients at the 2022 Equal Justice Awards Reception, which took place on June 7th. Specifically, Arnold is recognized for his pro bono legal counsel to St. Stephens Church in Newark, NJ. When the church discovered that an area used as a preschool playground on their property was contaminated with lead and arsenic, they hired an environmental consulting group to complete soil testing and remediate the condition. By law, a Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) must sign off on a site to complete the clean-up process and issue a Response Action Outcome (RAO). Unfortunately, the environmental consulting group hired by the Church failed to pay the LSRP and the issue was left unresolved while St. Stephens continued to incur hefty fines for contamination violations from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.