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PARTNERS FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW TRUSTEES

Sheri Hecht Leonard Esq. and Frank J. DeAngelis, Esq. Elected to Partners’ Board

Partners for Women and Justice (“Partners”) welcomes two new trustees, Sheri Hecht Leonard, Esq. and Frank J. DeAngelis, Esq., to its Board of Trustees.  Leonard and DeAngelis were approved at Partners’ June board meeting.  The two new members join a thirteen member board engaged in overseeing Partners’ finances, fundraising and operations while furthering Partners’ mission of providing assistance to domestic violence victims and their children. 

Leonard, Assistant General Counsel at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey since 2005, began at the company in 2001.  She is responsible for providing legal advice to all Company departments; strategizing and directing all aspects of complex commercial and healthcare litigation; and managing outside counsel.  Leonard is passionate about helping abused women and their children.  As a law student she received a grant to work on child abuse and child sex abuse cases in the Attorney’s Office in Orange County, New York.  Recently she has been involved in the domestic violence agency, Shelter our Sisters. 

DeAngelis, a partner at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, has over fifteen years of experience in domestic and international litigation.  He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law since 2001.  In 2009 he was selected Adjunct Professor of the Year.  DeAngelis was included in New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2012, New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2008-2010, as well as the New Jersey Law Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2009.  He is also a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, District V-A Ethics Committee. 

“We are excited to have Sheri and Frank join our board,” says Board Chair, Donna Lavista Schwartz, and look forward to the many contributions they will make as trustees.”

Partners for Women and Justice empowers low-income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice.  The organization offers quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters. To learn more about Partners for Women and Justice please call 973-233-0111 or visit www.pfwj.org.

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