Family

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


Noa Ben-Asher

Professor Noa Ben-Asher joined the Pace Law School faculty in 2009, and teaches Family Law; Sexuality, Gender & the Law; and Torts. She has published scholarly articles in the Ohio State Law Journal, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, and the Cardozo Law Review, among others, on topics including same-sex marriage; family law; and legal issues associated with sexuality and gender.

Prior to coming to Pace Law School, Prof. Ben-Asher was in the Associate-in-Law program at Columbia Law School, and served as a Williams Fellow at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, where she also taught in the department of LGBT studies. From 2004-2005, she practiced in the litigation department of Proskauer Rose LLP in New York. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law (LLM 2001; JSD 2006), and Bar-Ilan University School of Law (LLB 1999).

Areas of expertise: family law, sexuality and gender


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


Audrey Rogers

Prof. Audrey Rogers teaches Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Family Law and Computer Law.  She has written and lectured in the areas of family, Internet and criminal law.

Prior to joining the Pace faculty, Professor Rogers was an associate at Siff, Newman, Rosen & Parker, P.C., where she specialized in appellate practice. She is actively involved in a number of community service organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program and the Westchester/Rockland chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

Areas of expertise: criminal law, family law, Internet law


Merril Sobie

Professor Merril Sobie is an expert on family and children’s law, and teaches Jurisprudence, Children and the Law, Advanced Family Law, and Comparative Family Law.  Prior to joining the Pace Law faculty, Prof. Sobie served as executive officer of the New York City Family Court and as assistant to the director of administration of the Courts, First Judicial Department.  He is currently the chairperson of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law and is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

Prof. Sobie has published two books, New York Family Court Practice and The Creation of Juvenile Justice: A History of Children’s Law, and has authored various articles on topics in juvenile law.

Areas of expertise: juvenile law, family law

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