Good Work

Law School Alumni Receive Pro Bono Honor

Winter 2009

The Sanctuary for Families’ Associates Committee recently recognized seven Columbia Law School alumni for their outstanding contributions to pro bono legal work on behalf of the Sanctuary’s Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services.

The alumni honored at the Sanctuary’s annual benefit were: Harris Cohen ’07, Qian Allison Gao ’06, Violetta Guberman Watson ’06, Geoffrey G. Hu ’06, Jennifer L. Murray ’03, Randi W. Singer ’98, and Jennifer M. Westerfield ’07. The recipients work at some of New York City’s largest law firms, and they have volunteered hundreds of hours on cases involving immigration, child custody, trafficking, contested and uncontested divorces, orders of protection, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

Sanctuary for Families is the largest nonprofit organization in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Pro bono attorneys work closely with Sanctuary’s staff attorneys to provide a range of legal services that can include everything from divorce and child custody representation to protective orders.