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Marsha Papanek, Esq., Partner in Justice Award RecipientMarch 26, 2012
Marsha Papanek, Esq.
Since graduating from Georgetown Law, Marsha Papanek has spent her legal career advocating for victims of violence. As a New York City prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office she handled and supervised complex investigations and prosecutions of homicides and major felonies. Marsha later worked in the New Jersey Appellate Section of the Public Defender’s office and was an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School.
Since 2005 Marsha Papanek has led the legal team here at Partners for Women and Justice, which focuses on domestic violence and family law proceedings, providing assistance to pro se litigants, representation by staff attorneys and representation by pro bono attorneys. With her commitment to the safety of our clients and their children, her legal acumen and skill in trying cases, her understanding of the often byzantine operations of Family Court, her delight in mentoring and guiding new lawyers and her abiding sense of the practical, Marsha has been the driving force behind building our legal program by recruiting, training and mentoring our volunteer and staff attorneys, and by handling a number of cases in court on her own. Under her watch, our Pro Bono Legal Representation Program has grown to include over 150 attorneys and we have thousands of clients.
As an active member of the Rachel Coalition Legal Services Committee and several legal committees of the Superior Court of New Jersey she has represented Partners and cultivated our relationships with a myriad of community organizations, other domestic violence and social service providers and the courts.
For her dedication to Partners and the huge contributions she has made as a lawyer and an advocate for women and children who are victims of violence, it is our great pleasure to honor Marsha with our Partner in Justice Award.
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.
This letter is to thank you for all your kindness and your patience with me in my time of need. You made me feel like a person again when things were rough for me. Thanking you againâ€¦
Thank you again for all your help. It is a comfort to know that there are caring people like you in this world.
Thank you all very much for all your help advice and support. Without you, I would have been lost.
My thank you seems so small compared to all youâ€™ve done, but it comes from my heart.
â€¦my daughterâ€™s birthday is todayâ€¦you have given her the best gift of blessings in the form of your help for this case and that her mother can work for her secured and healthy future.