Shift the power
FY2015 Annual Report
About our work Her Justice engages the talent and resources of New York City’s law firms and corporations, bringing together committed lawyers and determined women to secure life-changing results.
A trusted partner throughout New York City
For over 23 years, Her Justice has ensured that women receive critical legal services that help them achieve safety, self-sufficiency and stability. We offer a full range of free, legal services—information, advice, brief services and full representation—in family, divorce and immigration matters to address the urgent needs of indigent women and their children, especially those who have suffered domestic violence and immigrants isolated by language and culture.
Her Justice is an on-site partner at all four of the City’s Family Justice Centers—in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens—where we provide a full range of direct legal services and work with other partner organizations (law enforcement, social services and legal services) to provide holistic assistance to abuse victims in their communities. We also partner with community-based agencies and conduct outreach clinics to reach women isolated by language and culture.
Pro bono first
Leverage makes the difference
What makes Her Justice unique is its “pro bono first” model. Her Justice specializes in offering pro bono assistance— connecting volunteer lawyers from over 80 premier firms with low-income women who desperately need a lawyer. Her Justice provides essential legal assistance to indigent women and children, as well as expert training and support for the attorneys who represent them.
Leveraging our small staff by tapping the talent and resources of private firms, Her Justice increases exponentially the number of women who go to court with their own lawyers and obtain the legal protections that they and their children need and deserve. Last year, Her Justice provided essential legal assistance to over 7,400 women and children. Every dollar donated to Her Justice delivers $6 worth of legal services.
Her Justice identifies women with cases that would result in serious injustice without legal help. Every day, our staff screens clients and identifies what legal services are most responsive to their needs—full representation from a volunteer attorney, or advice or brief services from our staff attorneys. In that way, Her Justice matches the best legal services to each client and brings the power of the legal profession to those who need it most, empowering low-income women and children to avoid homelessness and overcome poverty and abuse.
“I got my life back and a fresh start. I am now a whole person, a voice to be heard.” Her Justice client
Won first o u r
affirmative asylum immigration case
her justice clients with litigated child support, spousal support and/or divorce cases received an average
increase in their income
after representation by a pro bono attorney
Her Justice obtained over $760,500 in recurring money awards for low-income clients and a total of $476,713 in lump sum payments
for a victim of domestic violence who would have been killed had she returned to her home country
Provided legal assistance to
3,121 women helping them and their
59,205 hours from volunteer attorneys to help our clients
become safe, supported and economically secure
can now work legally in the U.S.
Placed 1,152 new legal matters with partner law firms or Her Justice staff attorneys
enabling 664 clients to receive legal representation on their family, immigration and divorce cases
Who we serve Most of our clients are mothers and are also facing domestic violence. mothers
Her Justice serves women in all five boroughs of NYC.
not mothers manhattan
86% mothers facing domestic violence
mothers not facing domestic violence
22% 1% 4% brooklyn
1-in-4 of the women we serve needs an interpreter in order to access the Courts. For the foreign-born, court is even more daunting.
The critical need for our services domestic violence is a Most poor, single-parent families are headed by women, and the
poverty rate for single mothers is 43% more than twice the Cityâ€™s overall poverty rate
leading cause of homelessness for women and their children
over 80% of people in family court handle their cases
without a lawyer
Without a lawyer,
only 13% of people are able to
defend themselves successfully in immigration court
Financials July 1, 2014â€“June 30, 2015
O p e r at in g R e v e n u e s Individuals
interest/ misc. 1%
Wh e r e o u r f u n d s co m e from
Total Operating Revenues
Donated Legal Services
TOTAL R e v e n u e
$ 36,402,718 Law Firms 31%
O p e r at in g E x p e n s e s Legal/Program Services
Management/ General 7% Fundraising / Communications 16%
Total Operating Expenses
Donated Legal Services
TOTAL EX P E N SES
Total Net Assets
How our funds are spent
Legal /Program Services 77%
With gratitude Your support connects women in crisis with the most powerful legal network in New York City July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015 INDIVIDUAL donors
Institutional donors $100,000+
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP IOLA Fund of the State of New York
The Alice Lawrence Foundation, Inc. Alston & Bird LLP CBRE, Inc. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Dentons The Fortin Foundation of Florida, Inc. Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP JPMorgan Chase & Co. K&L Gates LLP King & Spalding LLP Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Foundation Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. Pfizer Inc Société Générale Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP Venable LLP
$50,000–$99,999 Anonymous Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP AlixPartners Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C. Avenue Capital Group Kirkland & Ellis LLP Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc. National Public Finance Guarantee/ MBIA Foundation Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Verizon Wireless The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
$25,000–$49,999 The A.D. Philanthropic Fund Alvarez & Marsal AIG BakerHostetler Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP Blackstone’s Foundation and Partners Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Centerbridge Partners, L.P. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Ernst & Young FTI Consulting, Inc. Goldman, Sachs & Co. Greenberg Traurig, LLP Jones Day Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Latham & Watkins LLP Lowenstein Sandler LLP Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP Millstein & Co., L.P. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP Proskauer Rose LLP Quest Turnaround Advisors, LLC Rothschild Inc. Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Seward & Kissel LLP Shearman & Sterling LLP Sidley Austin LLP Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP White & Case LLP Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Zolfo Cooper
$10,000–$14,999 Allen & Overy LLP Angelo, Gordon & Co. Appaloosa Management L.P. Bloomberg Philanthropies Capstone Advisory Group, LLC Centerview Partners LLC Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP Evercore GLC Advisors & Co., LLC Grant Thornton LLP Greenhill & Co., Inc. Houlihan Lokey The Hyde and Watson Foundation Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP Kekst and Company Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC Lazard Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. McGuireWoods LLP Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC Moelis & Company Paul Hastings LLP PwC Prime Clerk Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP The Richard A. Busemeyer Atheist Foundation Stroz Friedberg Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
$5,000–$9,999 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation Arent Fox LLP BMC Group/SmartRoom Chilmark Partners Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group CohnReznick LLP
*Contributed to the Catherine J. Douglass Tribute Fund
Contrarian Capital Management, L.L.C. DLA Piper LLP (US) Dontzin Nagy & Fleissig LLP Henry Nias Foundation, Inc. Jefferies LLC Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Marotta Gund Budd & Dzera, LLC Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC MetLife Foundation Volunteer Project Fund The New York Bar Foundation Nixon Peabody LLP Nour Foundation Rabobank
$1,000–$4,999 The Brees Dream Foundation Blank Rome LLP Brookfield Asset Management Inc. Charles River Associates Clarion Partners, LLC Crowe Horwath LLP Crowell & Moring LLP Epiq Systems Farrell Fritz, P.C. Fragomen Worldwide The Fourth Universalist Society Garden City Group, LLC (GCG) General Re Corporation Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP The Hun School of Princeton Huron Consulting Group K2 Intelligence Kinetic Partners KPMG LLP Kramer Kozek LLP Kroll The Links, Incorporated, Greater New York Chapter McDermott Will & Emery Charitable Foundation MetLife Metzger-Price Fund, Inc. The Morrison & Foerster Foundation National Basketball Association Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones Purrington Moody Weil LLP The Ruth and Seymour Klein Foundation, Inc. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB Sontag Advisory, LLC The Spence School Stonehill Capital Management, LLC Togut, Segal & Segal LLP Twin Haven Capital Partners, LLC
$50,000+ Mary and Alok Singh*
$25,000 -$49,999 Allison and Timothy Coleman Susan Cook and Drew Fine* Catherine J. Douglass and Bruce P. Dohrenwend Lisa J. Donahue and John Patton* The A.D. Philanthropic Fund Joy and Steven M. Zelin Karen and Ken Ziman*
$10,000-$24,499 Anonymous Laura Z. Barket Dale and Max Berger* Lori and Jeffrey Brodsky* April Marshall and Steven P. Clausen* Catherine V. Curry and Andrés V. Gil* Theanne M. Chivily and Matthew A. Feldman* Patricia Ferrari and Andrew Jánszky* Sonia E. Gardner Adrienne and Edward J. Goldthorpe* Grossman Family Philanthropic Foundation Erin E. Hill* Elaine Johnston* Cathy M. Kaplan Kim Koopersmith and William J. Borner Izumi Hara and David N. Koschik* David S. Kurtz Laura and Kevin Lavin Ivan R. Lehon Elizabeth F. Maringer and Jay A. Shiland Millicent and Darin McAtee* Mary Elizabeth McGarry* Keith McGregor Abby and Bruce Mendelsohn Denise L. Loring and Peter V. Pantaleo* Cynthia Smith and Gregory Petrick Loretta and John Rapisardi Eric M. Rosof Suzanne Puls and Robert C. Schwenkel* Amanda A. Lin and Nathan C. Thomas Harry J. Wilson
$2,500-$9,999 Anonymous Elizabeth Abrams Marcie A. Goldstein and Bijan Amini Virginia A. Arcari and John E. Tavss* Lee Attanasio Catherine S. G. Atterbury Diana Barrett and Robert Vila Lisa Beckerman Frances S. Campbell and Roger Netzer* Kurt Cellar Kerry D. Chandler* Jennifer M. Daniels Lauren and Thomas F. Donino Bruce G. Douglass
“I’m relieved that all of this is behind me; I can finally move on with my life. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you endlessly—I don’t know what I would have done without my lawyers.” Her Justice client
Christine C. Douglass* David Eisman Maria Cilenti and Michael Embler Garrett A. Fail* Tinamarie Feil Annette L. Nazareth and Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. Diane and Joseph Genova Pamela Samuelson and Robert J. Glushko Justin Gmelich Jay M. Goffman Diana and Harrison J. Goldin Marcia and Mark Goldstein* Elaine and Anthony Grillo Denise C. Kozloff and David B. Gross, Kozloff Family Foundation Elizabeth and Michael J. Hannigan Jane M. Hanson and Patrick E. Shrout* Constance D. Harvard* Kathryn M. Heleniak* Kelly M. Hnatt and Bradley E. Randall Carla Hughson-Schmidt* Karen and Peter Jakes* Kathleen M. Kheel* Richard S. Klein Vanessa A. Lavely* David B. Ludwig Peter J. Lyon Marilyn and Robert Mazur* Joff A. Mitchell Kimberly Short and Richard W. Morgner Lauren Nowierski Carol Sedwick and Michael Patrick* Kathryn A. Reavis and David Strohm David L. Sawyer Sang K. Yi and Helfried J. Schwarz Roopesh and Allison Shah Mary and David Solomon Michael Stadnick Charity Shumway and Gregory M. Starner* Tara E. Yamaoka and Michael K. Sullivan* Peggy and David Tanner Harriet and Myron Trepper*
$1,000-$2,499 Anonymous (6) Iris and Nathan Adler Robert E. Allen Jane and Norman Alpert Judy and John Angelo Lisa F. Arpaia and David A. Krett Mitchell Auslander* Peggy Bader Anne Griffin and Joe Baio* Vivek Bantwal Marcia and Douglas Bateson Steven M. Bierman Eve Birnbaum Robert Bishop Jeffrey E. Bjork
Nicole Deller and Matthew S. Bliwise Vanessa Bossard Kenneth Bressler Cassidy and Douglas Brush Stephen H. Can James J. Capra Natacha Carbajal* Charlita C. Cardwell and Martez Moore Alan J. Carr Joe Cashel Jane M. Castle Lori and Edward Cohen Ken Colby Debra A. Dandeneau and Jeffrey E. Matchen Paul Deutch James L. Dobson Julie A. Domonkos and Daniel Leffell* Mary and Stephen Dowicz Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin* Shamita D. Etienne-Cummings Peter M. Faulkner Patrick B. Fenn Margaret and Eric Friedberg Jesse Furman Nancy C. Gardner and Edward J. Garofolo Maxine and Theodore Geller Laura Impert and Steven D. Germain Jill L. Goodman and Melvin J. Bukiet* Kathleen M. Ulrich and Stephen E. Gray Beth Ann and David J. Greenwald Matt Guill Sally and Jat Gullapalli Tammy Hamzehpour Alison Hanstead Paul E. Harner Timothy J. Heine Rita A. Hernandez Richard and Carole Hochhauser Matthew Horvath Touché Howard John G. Hutchinson Emily D. Johnson Robert M. Kaufman Yukako Kawata Denise and Alexander M. Kaye James P. Kelley Pamela and Michael Kelly* Gail Kempler Andie and Jimmy Koplik Terry Gushner and Leonard Laufer John J. Lavelle Windy L. Lawrence* Nancy L. Lazar Jack Q. Lever Denise and David N. Levine Susan and Robert Lewin Catherine Woodman and Walter P. Loughlin* Janice Mac Avoy and Johnson McKelvy
Cynthia Marshall Deirdre and John McGuinness Denise and Francis Menton James Mesterharm Eileen M. Hoffman and Robert N. Michaelson David S. Miller Carolyn and Jim Millstein Abigail and Jonathan Moses Arthur J. Nagle Omid Nasab Sharon L. Nelles Ekwutozia U. Nwabuzor The O’Connell Family Foundation Maureen M. O’Leary John R. Oller Laura Smith and John Olson Craig Packer Stephen M. Payne Verdun Perry Michael Psaros Daniel A. Richards Karen and John Rigney Deborah and David N. Roberts Mike Robinson Julie M. Saul* Lauri W. Sawyer* Ellen Schoninger and Efraim Grinberg Jeanette Thornton-Schwab and Peter M. Schwab Jolie Schwab and David R. Hodes Christopher Shaffer Suvarna Shah David Shaw Elizabeth Ann Smith and John P. Barrie Jeffrey Q. Smith Colby A. Smith Meg and Steven D. Smith Debra and Mitchell I. Sonkin* Rachel and Alexander F. Stern Edward M. Stroz Leon Szlezinger Elizabeth R. Talerman and Doug Chertok Lindsay and Edward G. Timlin Carmel Lowenthal and Eric A. Tirschwell Martin Tuchman Kristin and Christopher Updike* Robert E. Wager Sharon J. Weinberg and Jeffrey Zimmerman Michael Wyse Felicia Yieh Pan and Michael Pan* Nanar and Anthony A. Yoseloff
4,108 donations under $1,000 totaling $430,000
Art donors Special thanks to the galleries and artists who donated art to our 2015 Annual Photography Auction & Benefit Artists Slim Aarons Holly Andres Max Berger Julie Blackmon James Bleecker Jeff Brouws Esther Bubley Elizabeth Chiles Mirah Curzer Charlotte Dumas Mitch Epstein Jeremy Frechette Stephanie FreidPerenchio Ron Galella Megan Gorham Hayden M. Greene George Gruel Bob Gruen Gail Albert Halaban Tim Hall Stephen Harmon William Helburn Chip Hooper Michael Kenna Rick Kopstein Daniel Kramer Christopher Lange
Paul Lange Karine Laval Ricky Leaver Mark Lewis Joseph Lucas Gabriella McSwain James V. Mignogna Greg Miller Liz Okon Ruth Orkin Melissa O’Shaughnessy Jon Plasse Francois Portmann Priscilla Rattazzi Suzy Ro Sabraila Mike Segar Max Touhey Peter C. Turco Ellen von Unwerth Kenneth R. Weinberg Todd Weinstein Drew Wiedemann Melissa Fry Wiedemann Baron Wolman
Galleries Benrubi Gallery Jean B. Bubley Edwynn Houk Gallery Howard Greenberg Gallery Julie Saul Gallery Lilly Global Media McKay Williamson
Resorts World Casino Reuters Robert Mann Gallery Ruth Orkin Photo Archive Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Staley-Wise Gallery
Who we are Board of Directors Amy Barasch, Esq. (President)
Marcia L. Goldstein, Esq.
Ivan R. Lehon CFA, CFE (Treasurer)
Craig L. Reicher
Jeffrey A. Brodsky
Edward J. Goldthorpe
Elizabeth F. Maringer, Esq.
Eric M. Rosof, Esq.
Matthew A. Feldman, Esq. (Vice Chair)
Erin E. Hill, Esq.
Darin P. McAtee, Esq.
Robert C. Schwenkel, Esq.
Cathy M. Kaplan, Esq.
Bruce H. Mendelsohn
Roopesh K. Shah
Drew S. Fine, Esq.
Kim Koopersmith, Esq.
Sharon L. Nelles, Esq.
Nancy Gardner, Esq. (Secretary)
David N. Koschik, Esq.
Peter V. Pantaleo, Esq. (Chair)
Kevin J. Lavin
John J. Rapisardi, Esq.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Quest Turnaround Advisors, LLC
Apollo Global Management
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
MBIA /National Public Finance Guarantee Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP S&P Capital IQ*
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Sidley Austin LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP White & Case LLP
Avenue Capital Group
Ankura Consulting Group*
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC National Basketball Association* Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Perella Weinberg Partners* Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Steven M. Zelin PJT Partners*
Ken Ziman, Esq.
Lazard Frères & Co. LLC*
*Name or affiliation has changed since June 30, 2015
Senior Leadership Council Jeffrey H. Aronson
Norma C. Corio
Catherine J. Douglass, Esq.
Hon. Shelley C. Chapman
Lisa J. Donahue
Bryan P. Marsal
Brad Eric Scheler, Esq.
Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
American Express Global Business Travel
US Bankruptcy Judge Southern District of New York
Founder, Her Justice Alvarez & Marsal
Millstein & Co., L.P. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Myron Trepper, Esq.
Junior Advisory Board Catherine S. G. Atterbury, Esq.*
Emily D. Johnson, Esq. (Co-Chair)
Michael K. Sullivan
Douglas A. Brush
Vanessa A. Lavely, Esq.
Alison L. Sawyer, CPA/CFF, CFE
Christopher J. Updike, Esq.
Natacha Carbajal, Esq.
Alison R. Levine, Esq.
Christopher M. Scudero, CPA, CFF, CITP
Stephanie Weathers-Lowin, Esq.
Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP*
Garrett A. Fail, Esq.
Laura S. Milano, Esq.
Mark W. Hojnacki
Ekwutozia U. Nwabuzor, Esq.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
McKinsey & Company
PJT Partners* Kroll Inc.
Stephanie A. Skelly, Esq.
Grant Thornton LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
The Mara Group, LLC*
Greg M. Starner, Esq. (Co-Chair) White & Case LLP
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
*Name or affiliation has changed since June 30, 2015
Corporate Partners Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
K&L Gates LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Dentons Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
King & Spalding LLP Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Lowenstein Sandler LLP Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP Seward & Kissel LLP Shearman & Sterling LLP Sidley Austin LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP White & Case LLP Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
executive staff Amy Barasch, Esq. Executive Director
Jennifer L. DeCarli, Esq., LMSW Senior Director, Legal Services
Senior Director, Finance and Operations
Her Justice 100 Broadway, 10 th Floor New York, NY 10005 Tel 212.695.3800 | Fax 212.695.9519 herjustice.org Formerly known as inMotion, Inc.