thank you so much for your kindness in my time of need. i nowhave some HOPE.
Thank you for a wonderful life. Keep up the fantastic work on behalf of those of us who cannot fight for ourselves.
Thank you again for all your help. It is a comfort to know that there are caring people like you in this world.
My thank you seems so small compared to all you’ve done, but it comes from my heart.
We Make a Difference
Since 2002, Partners for Women and Justice has provided legal assistance to thousands of deserving women striving to escape abusive relationships and secure safety for themselves and their children.
We have trained and worked with several hundred pro bono attorneys who have donated millions in free legal services to our clients as they seek protective orders, safe custody and visitation arrangements and fair awards of child support and spousal support.
ANNOUNCING THE RONNIE ANN POWELL INTERNSHIP!
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. hosted an inaugural event launching the Ronnie Ann Powell Internship at Partners for Women and Justice ("Partners"). The summer internship is designed to provide a law student hands-on experience representing victims of domestic violence in final restraining order hearings and related matters of safe visitation, custody and child support.
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. is funding the ten-week internship in honor of Ronnie Ann Powell, a partner at the firm and long time volunteer at Partners for Women and Justice, who died suddenly last year.
The event featured a welcome from Bressler partner Karen E. Murphy, Esq. and a keynote speech delivered by Kevin B. Kelly, Esq., a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. The event highlight was the formal introduction of second-year law student Erin Gunter, the recipient of the 2016 Ronnie Ann Powell Internship.
Gunter became passionate about domestic violence work while representing victims of domestic violence through a clinical program at UC-Davis School of Law. Appreciative for this internship opportunity, Gunter said, "I found helping women through what for many of them is the hardest time of their lives to be extremely gratifying ... . I love working directly with clients and being able to see the difference before and after the restraining order and the impact I have on their lives. I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn more about domestic violence law and improve my litigation skills by learning from the amazing attorneys at Partners this summer."
We are grateful to Ronnie’s family and to Bressler Amery & Ross for making it possible for us to honor our very special friend in this way.
Pro Bono Attorney Profile:
MICHAEL J. HAMPSON, ESQ., LOWENSTEIN SANDLER LLP
Partners for Women and Justice is pleased to recognize the dedication of Michael J. Hampson, Esq. a securities and commercial litigation partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP. Hampson volunteers as a pro bono attorney on behalf of Partners’ clients because, for him, there’s nothing more rewarding than “taking my legal education and directly using my degree to help someone in need.” His particular pro bono interest is in appellate work. After graduating from Rutgers School of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Jaynee LaVecchia of the New Jersey Supreme Court, where he reviewed numerous petitions for restraining order appeals and gained firsthand knowledge of the process.
Bringing his expertise to bear, Hampson is a tireless advocate for our clients – domestic abuse victims and their children. “I deeply respect and admire their bravery in taking steps to break their history of abuse,” he says, “steps that can be delayed if they are caught up in the appeals process.” Securing a restraining order against an abuser will not be the end of the legal journey if an abuser appeals the entry of the order. This is where Hampson steps in, dedicating the countless hours required to prepare an opposition brief on behalf of the victim and, if required, to present an oral argument to the court. Thanks to Hampson’s work since 2012, three of our clients have seen their restraining orders affirmed by an appellate court.
For Hampson, the rewards are several. Not only does he get good legal results, he knows that our clients, who have suffered severe trauma, rest more easily when the restraining orders against their abusers have been upheld. By getting decisions upheld in the Appellate Division, Hampson says he can “help a survivor reach the ultimate finish line.”
Partners thanks Hampson for his tireless commitment to ensure justice is upheld for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Partners for Women and Justice empowers low-income victims and survivors of domestic violence to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice. We offer quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters.
Press & Events & News
2016 Annual Spring Benefit!
At the May 4, 2016 Spring Benefit, Parnters was thrilled to have Jon Logan-Rung share his reflections on the story of hope shared by one of our clients. Jon is a twenty something student with a strong personal commitment to social justice and driven to utilizing his personal gifts to advocate for victims. We are proud to share his comments from that evening.
“ Listening to you (Partners’ client) speak was an absolute honor. To be attentive while you shared and to internalize the gravity of your words––it was both arduous and vital. At times throughout your speech, I think everyone present felt small and afraid. We are indebted to you, for braving the challenge of sharing, and for allowing us to empathize.
My name is Jonathan. I am a rising junior at Wesleyan University, where I spend my time studying sociology and creative writing, and other ways of ending up on my brother’s couch. I am the younger son of Kate Logan and Edmund Rung, and if you know either of them, you know how lucky of a man I am.
Luck. That’s all it is. I was born fortunate. With white skin, and a male body, and wealthy parents. My life has been one of countless privileges.
In the spirit of transparency, I am using one of my gifts––the gift of being an educated young person––to reiterate the importance of this cause. I need you to care about what I am writing here. I need you to care because soon, I am going to ask you for your money. But if you understand anything about domestic violence, I doubt I’ll need to work very hard for it.
At Wesleyan and other universities across the country, students are fighting for a more trauma-informed system, in order to find justice for survivors of the innumerable, intimate, and gendered crimes that happen to people of all ages. To this end, one notion discussed at Wesleyan is that tragedies happen more frequently to disenfranchised people of all kinds, and axiomatically, disenfranchised people have fewer resources to dig themselves out. Still, that safer system is coming––slower than it should––but with real, demonstrable progress. The pace of change at large, outside college, is much slower. For survivors of domestic violence both in and outside college, Partners is there to help.
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