Services and Programs

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

  • 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 

We offer free legal clinics that are open to the public

  • Elder Law Clinics: Living wills, health care proxies, social security and estate planning

We offer training for professionals

  • Training for law enforcement, health professionals, social service providers, school personnel, and community organizations in the New York Metropolitan area and throughout New York State.

We provide 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.

We have opportunities for volunteers

  • Volunteer opportunities for pro-bono attorneys, paralegal professionals and members of the community interested in assisting the work of the Center. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Natalie J. Sobchak: nsobchak@law.pace.edu

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.