|Meet our Queens staff|
Join us in welcoming our New York City Family Justice Center staff to their new digs in Kew Gardens! InMotion is one of the only on-site legal services providers to debut at the Center with a full-time, multi-lingual staff to serve women living in Queens. Fluencies in our new office include Creole, French, Italian and Spanish.
Bringing over 15 years of family and matrimonial legal expertise to our Queens office, Gabriella has spent most of her professional life advocating for the poor and making women’s voices heard in our City’s courts. Gabriella returned to inMotion in 2007 as senior staff attorney, and shortly thereafter she stepped into the role of supervising attorney.
In addition to supervising our Queens staff and a full-time litigation extern, Gabriella trains and mentors inMotion pro bono attorneys handling complex matrimonial and family law matters on behalf of inMotion’s clients. She also provides free legal advice and brief services to Center clients who need to access the courts immediately, when there is not time to recruit a volunteer lawyer.
Gabriella first joined inMotion’s staff in 2003 as a staff attorney in our Bronx office. Missing the courtroom, she left inMotion in 2005 for an appointment to the Second Department Law Guardian Appeals Panel to represent indigent individuals. During this time, Gabriella also accepted a part-time position as the director of matrimonial programs at the City Bar Justice Center of the New York City Bar Association and concurrently served as a consultant to the Incarcerated Mothers Law Project of Volunteers of Legal Services.
Patricia came to inMotion last fall to complete the final leg of her master’s degree at Columbia University School of Social Work. As a social work intern, Patricia worked closely with many of inMotion’s most vulnerable clients, connecting them to critical support services and helping them navigate the complex bureaucracy of public benefits. Prior to her field placement at inMotion, Patricia interned at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where she provided extensive social work support services to families dealing with major health crises. After her graduation in May, we welcomed Patricia to our Queens staff.
As legal services coordinator, Patricia screens and provides information to clients, conducts intake, assists in recruiting new volunteers, coordinates Queens-based CLE trainings and links volunteer attorneys with women seeking legal representation. In addition, Patricia assists with legal screening for the Family Justice Center and makes referrals to other service providers at the Center.
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