The Westchester County Bar Foundation (WCBF), the charitable arm of the WCBA, created a public interest lawyer fellowship in 2007 to provide legal help to the county’s underserved residents, and also provide training and loan assistance to a new lawyer who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do public interest work.
The first Fellow, Karen Tenenbaum (left), a Harvard Law graduate, completed her fellowship in July 2009. Her services were performed with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV). LHSV provided Ms. Tenenbaum with in-depth training and mentoring, and the WCBF provided the salary and loan assistance. Administration of the program was handled by Equal Justice Works, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
The Foundation's Fellowship program has been revamped and is continuing pursuant to a partnership with Pace University School of Law. Under the new 2-year fellowship, a Pace University Law School graduate was chosen from a number of Pace candidates to work with a host public service organization, also chosen from a number of candidates. The Fellow will be paid by the Foundation and Pace, and will receive training and guidance from the host organization.
The second Fellow, Virginia Foulkrod (right), is a Pace Law School graduate and is working with My Sisters' Place in White Plains. Ms. Foulkrod will undertake and assist with the Family Law Unit’s intake services, direct legal services, the pro se uncontested divorce workshops and client / community education. My Sisters’ Place offers services and programs that address the needs of domestic violence victims at various stages of separating from their abusers and their subsequent pursuit of productive, independent lives. For over thirty years, MySisters’ Place has worked to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence on women and children throughout Westchester County.