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Jennifer Friedman, Executive Director
- Jennifer Friedman is an experienced litigator and expert in family law, domestic violence, and management of pro bono programs. Ms. Friedman joined Pace Law School in 2008 as the founding Director of the Public Interest Law Center, which sponsors pro bono programs in a variety of practice areas including mortgage foreclosure and consumer debt, and provides public interest career planning for law students.
- Ms. Friedman created, and for ten years directed, the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, one of the largest and most successful pro bono domestic violence programs in the country.
- Ms. Friedman is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent and Stone Scholar, and is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the New York City Bar Association’s 2008 Katherine McDonald Award for Service to the Family Courts, and the Columbia Alumna Association’s 2003 Alumna Achievement Award.
Karin Anderson Ponzer, Assistant Director & Supervising Attorney
- Karin Anderson Ponzer is an attorney, immigrant advocate and an expert in immigration law. Ms. Ponzer has practiced immigration law for 15 years, representing individuals in matters ranging from family-based applications for asylum, withholding, and convention against torture protection, before USCIS, Immigration Court, the BIA and in Federal Court.
- Prior to joining the PCLP, Ms. Ponzer represented immigrants at Catholic Migration Services of the Diocese of Brooklyn and engaged in policy analysis and training at the New York Immigration Coalition. Ms. Ponzer holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the New School for Social Research and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a Member of the Bar of the State of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Nova Lucero, PCLP Administrator
- Nova Lucero graduated from Fordham University in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At Fordham, she dedicated her time to public interest work by volunteering in the surrounding Bronx community and by coordinating social justice projects through the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice and the Global Outreach Office. These projects helped students connect their education with the Jesuit philosophy of “men and women for others” by directly serving the community and seeking social change.
- After graduating, Ms. Lucero served as a Good Shepherd Volunteer in Sucre, Bolivia, where she lived and worked in a Domestic Violence shelter.