Litigation associate Kira M. Whitacre will serve as the co-chair of Her Justice's Junior Advisory Board, a group of approximately 25 young professionals from various industries that serves as ambassadors for Her Justice. The Junior Advisory Board provides support for the organization's strategic planning and revenue initiatives by engaging with Her Justice and Board leadership and creating partnerships with private and public firms and institutions. Ms. Whitacre served as a Fried Frank extern for Her Justice, where she served as lead counsel on litigated divorces and custody matters. During that time, she worked on the landmark case, Alice M. v. Terrence T., 2015 NY Slip Op 51913 in which State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Sunshine determined that a man serving 40 years in state prison for raping his wife is not entitled to share her pension or any other marital asset in their divorce.
For nearly 20 years, Fried Frank's pro bono program has supported Her Justice by taking on numerous family law and immigration cases for women from underserved communities in New York. The Firm also continues to be a proud corporate partner and a major institutional supporter of the organization.
Her Justice recruits, trains and mentors caring and talented attorneys from law firms around New York City to provide free legal services—focused on family law, divorce and immigration— to low-income women, many of whom are survivors of domestic violence and immigrants isolated by language and culture, empowering them to overcome poverty and abuse and transform their lives. Click here to learn more about Her Justice.