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Pace Women's Justice Center offers a range of services, including free legal assistance right at the courthouse.

Our programs include:

Family Court Legal Program

Free, walk-in legal assistance for DV victims for emergency orders of protection, child support, and custody at the White Plains and Yonkers Family Courts. Click here to learn more

Family Law Unit

Free legal services to low‐income victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including protective orders, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and divorce. Our attorneys will work with clients until all legal issues are resolved. Referrals are made to outside agencies for help with immigration, emergency domestic violence shelter, counseling, safety planning, support groups, and other free social services. Click here to learn more

Free Legal Helpline

Legal information and referrals through our Free Legal Helpline: 914-287-0739. Click here to learn more

Moderate Means Program

PWJC recruits and trains a panel of private attorneys who have agreed to assist clients who don't qualify for free legal services at a reduced fee. Click here to learn more

Elder Justice Unit

Free legal services to victims of abuse aged 60 and over who are Westchester residents, as well as extensive training and outreach on elder law and elder abuse issues. PWJC has a partnership with the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale to provide legal services and training with The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention. In addition, pro bono attorneys help income eligible seniors create wills, powers of attorney and health care proxies. Click here to learn more 

Training, Outreach, and Education

Each year, we travel throughout New York State, training hundreds of police officers, medical professionals, social service providers, law students, attorneys, judges, and other professionals. Our services include lectures, seminars, and free walk-in clinics on various issues including domestic violence, divorce, custody, child support, teen dating violence, elder law, elder abuse, and other issues. Additionally, through our outreach efforts, we connect with community members at libraries, food pantries, community centers, neighborhood events, and senior centers.

Pro Bono Legal Program

In order to leverage our limited resources and serve as many clients as possible, PWJC has an extensive program to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers. PWJC has opportunities for those who have some legal training (attorneys, paralegals, and law students) and those who bring other skills to our programs (community members, college, and high school students).

Learn more about volunteer opportunities here and here

 If you are interested in volunteering, contact Natalie J. Sobchak: nsobchak@law.pace.edu

Opportunities for Law Students

Because of the Center’s affiliation with Pace Law School, law students are an integral component of the Center’s innovative and highly successful programs. At the Center, law students are assigned to work in specific programs and an attorney/mentor provides training and on-going supervision and guidance. In addition, our Family Court Legal Program Externship provides students with practical hands-on legal experience at our White Plains and Yonkers Family Court sites directly assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence. Click here for more information.

PWJC is funded by federal, state, and county government grants, private foundations and corporations, national and local organizations and individual gifts.

PWJC serves all persons within each program’s parameters and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, ethnicity, marital or domestic partnership status, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or veteran status.