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Partner in Hope FellowshipAugust 14, 2012
PARTNERS FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE ESTABLISHES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
AND ANNOUNCES FIRST FELLOW, JESSICA GOLDBERG, ESQ.
Montclair, NJ Partners for Women and Justice (“Partners”) is proud to announce the establishment of the Partner in Hope Fellowship. Partners is a nonprofit organization whose free legal assistance programs help victims of domestic violence escape abuse, find safety, and start their lives over again. According to Partners’ Executive Director, Jane Hanson, “We are thrilled to roll out this Fellowship, which will allow us to continue to provide legal assistance to deserving women who are dealing with matters involving domestic violence, visitation, custody or support. This attorney position will complement our robust pro bono representation program.”
Jessica Goldberg, Esq. will be the first Partner in Hope Fellow. Ms. Goldberg is an experienced advocate in family law matters. As a Rutgers School of Law student, she volunteered with the Domestic Violence Advocacy project and acted as a Law Guardian with the Child Advocacy Clinic. Upon graduation Ms. Goldberg clerked in the Chancery Division, Family Part of Superior Court of NJ and also worked for a large New Jersey law firm.
The Fellowship became a reality due to generous donations from The Merck Company Foundation, Trust Under the Will of E. Franklin Robbins, and Julie and Monty Cerf of Montclair. The goal of the Fellowship is to help victims of domestic violence secure restraining orders, safe visitation and custody arrangements, and financial support. It will supplement the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Representation Program of Partners and Rachel Coalition (a domestic violence agency and a program of Jewish Family Services – Metrowest), which secures pro bono attorneys to represent victims of domestic violence at final restraining order (“FRO”) hearings. “Inevitably, a victim’s involvement with the legal system does not end with a restraining order. It is easy for batterers to use the court system as just another tool of abuse. Particularly if there are children involved, numerous additional trips to court are necessary even after a woman secures a restraining order. And this is where the Fellow comes in,” says Hanson. “The Partner in Hope Fellow will be able to continue representation after a FRO hearing in follow-up matters such as visitation, custody, or support, which usually require ongoing attorney assistance and multiple court appearances. In addition, Ms. Goldberg will be available to handle more complex matters that are not appropriate for our pro bono attorneys.”
For information about the Fellowship or to learn more about Partners for Women and Justice contact Susan Greenwald at 973-233-0111, ext. 206 or visit www.pfwj.org.
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