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White Plains' My Sisters' Place Names Director For Legal Services Center

Jennifer Friedman
Jennifer Friedman Photo Credit: contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Jennifer Friedman has joined My Sisters'’ Place in White Plains as the managing director of its Center for Legal Services.

The center provides victims of domestic violence and human trafficking greater access to legal protections and remedies crucial to their survival and safety.

Friedman comes to My Sisters'’ Place with more than 16 years of legal experience in family law. Most recently, Friedman served as the founding executive director of the Pace Community Law Practice, a legal services center dedicated to representing low- and moderate-income immigration clients while training recent law graduates for legal practice.

Before Friedman'’s work with Pace University School of Law in White Plains, she served as the founding director of the Public Interest Law Center and as associate director, public interest for the Center for Career and Professional Development, providing pro bono programs and public interest career planning for law students.

Friedman also created and served as director of the Courtroom Advocates Project for 10 years while managing a team of lawyers at Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services in New York City, while creating and serving as director of its Courtroom Advocates Project.

Friedman received her bachelor of arts degree from Columbia College in 1993, and her law degree from Columbia Law School in 1998. She is the recipient of many awards, including the New York City Bar Association'’s 2008 Katherine McDonald Award for Service to the Family Courts; the Columbia Alumna Association'’s 2003 Alumna of the Year Award; and the Columbia-Barnard Rape Crisis Center 2003 Woman of Vision Award.

Since 1976, My Sisters'’ Place has worked to change the way the community thinks about violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence and human trafficking. Services include  a 24/7 crisis hotline, two emergency residential shelters, one-on-one and group counseling for adults and children, the Center for Legal Services, professional outreach and a tween/teen education and prevention program.

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