Domestic violence

Jane Aoyama-Martin

Jane Aoyama-Martin is executive director of the Pace Law School Women’s Justice Center.  She previously served as a Supervising Attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Family/Domestic Violence Practice in the Bronx and Harlem, and co-supervisor of LAS’s city-wide Domestic Violence Project in New York City.  She specializes in matters involving divorce, protective orders, custody, support, property distribution, and other related issues.  She frequently trains new attorneys, including the Intensive Trial Skills Training for Effective Representation of Battered Women sponsored by the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.  She is a founding member and former Board member of the New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC), the first project on the East Coast to organize women on the problems of battering and sexual assault in the Asian communities. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of NYAWC and Appellate Representation Project of the New York Legal Assistance Group.  She is an active member of the Matrimonial Committee of the Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic Violence.  She began her legal career as a legal services attorney and Reginald Heber Smith Fellow in rural New York.  Throughout her career, she has practiced in both the private and public sectors, having worked as a legal services attorney, NYS Assistant Attorney General, solo practitioner, and senior associate in a private litigation firm.

Areas of expertise: family law, domestic violence

Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman is the Director of the Public Interest Law Center and Associate Director of Public Interest at the Center for Career Development.  Prior to joining the Pace Law School faculty, Friedman served as the founder and director of the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP), a pioneering model legal services initiative at Sanctuary for Families that offers pro bono advocacy to domestic violence victims petitioning for orders of protection in New York City’s Family Courts.

Friedman is also a litigator, supervising a staff of attorneys who represent domestic violence victims in order of protection, custody, visitation, support, and matrimonial cases and in appellate litigation.

Areas of expertise: family law, domestic violence, pro bono

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