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.
Pro Bono Attorney Profile:
JEFFREY A. PALUMBO ESQ., GIBBONS PC
Partners for Women and Justice recognizes Jeffrey A. Palumbo, Esq., a business and commercial litigator at Gibbons PC, for his hard work and dedication as a pro bono attorney volunteer.
For the past two years, Palumbo has represented Partners clients in some of our most complex cases. In Palumbo’s first Partners case, the abuser unexpectedly filed a cross complaint against his client so that she then had a restraining order against her!. Palumbo sympathizes deeply with women who face retaliatory complaints because, as he says, “There is an extra layer of stress, because now the victim not only has to tell a traumatic story with her abuser sitting in the same room but also has to defend herself against the oftentimes baseless accusations made by that same abuser.” Despite this extra stress, in his first domestic violence trial, Palumbo not only successfully obtained a Final Restraining Order (FRO) for his client he defended her in the cross complaint against her and succeeded in having it dismissed. Since then, he has successfully won another cross-complaint case and is currently working on a third case may be resolved by the time this is posted
Palumbo also goes above and beyond the expectations of a pro bono volunteer by remaining involved in his clients’ cases for post-FRO matters, such as obtaining child support, making referrals to child protective agencies, and handling issues of custody. To Palumbo, it is only natural that he represent clients all the way through. “I have already created a bond with her and lived a part of her story. I want to see these cases through to the end.”
For Palumbo, the most rewarding parts of helping any client break the cycle of violence are “giving domestic violence victims a voice, being a rock for them, and helping them through the process of moving forward.” These are the reasons Palumbo agrees to take on some of the tougher cases.
Partners thanks Palumbo for his endless dedication to serving a need in this community and is confident that he will continue to be a rock for clients and successfully handle complex and sensitive cases.
ANNOUNCING THE RONNIE ANN POWELL INTERNSHIP
We are pleased to announce the establishment of a law student internship in honor of Ronnie Ann Powell, who died suddenly earlier this year. The internship will be funded by the firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross, where Ronnie was a partner.
For ten years, Ronnie volunteered her legal expertise to our clients, preparing wills, powers of attorney, health care directives and the like. She also lectured for several years to women in our financial literacy program about end-of-life planning. Ronnie was one of the program’s favorite lecturers.
Over the years, Ronnie’s support of Partners’ clients encouraged other partners and associates in the firm to get involved, and Bressler is now one of our major pro bono partners.
It was for Ronnie’s endless wisdom, care, and generosity that Partners gave her a Partner in Hope award in 2006. For these same reasons Partners and Bressler have established the Ronnie Ann Powell Internship in her memory. The internship is a ten-week program for law students and will launch in June of 2016.
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.
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