Women’s Justice Center turns 20

The Women’s Justice Center at Pace Law School in White Plains will celebrate its 20th anniversary this October, which happens to be National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a benefit dinner and silent auction on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The Justice Center is a nonprofit legal center in the law school with a mission to help end domestic violence and elder abuse through legal representation, training, community education and outreach. It has become one of the largest civil legal services providers in Westchester County, with 13 staff attorneys and pro bono lawyers who have donated more than 7,200 hours to about 2,800 clients.

The Justice Center also has walk-in courthouse offices in White Plains and Yonkers that offer frontline, often life-saving emergency legal services for domestic violence survivors. The center also runs elder law clinics, a legal helpline and a “moderate means matrimonial panel” that matches middle-income clients with low-fee or sliding scale attorneys.

This year’s benefit dinner, “Celebrating 20 Years of Justice for Women,” will start at 6 p.m. at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. Deadline to RSVP is October 5. For more information on the event or the Pace Women’s Justice Center, visit www.law.pace.edu/wjc or call Woodrina Harris at (914) 422-4069.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.