Farewell to Kirby, Eva, and Jennifer

Skadden Fellow Kirby Tyrrell, Executive Assistant Eva Kalikoff, and Senior Pro Bono Coordinator Jennifer Monge (pictured L to R) will be leaving Her Justice at the end of the month. Although we’ll miss them terribly, we’re excited to see what they accomplish next! We spoke to them about their experiences at Her Justice:

Kirby

What’s next after Her Justice?

I’ll be a Legal Fellow with the US Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

What is one thing you’ve learned in your time here?

The number and complexity of systems that a woman attempting to leave a domestic violence situation must navigate. Not only does she meet regularly with me and go to court, but she is meeting with detectives, the District Attorney’s office, children’s services, and public assistance. She is trying to find safe housing, get her children to school and the doctor, and financially support them. If she has limited financial resources or is undocumented, all of this is even harder. I’m in awe of all that my clients are balancing, while also trying to process their own trauma.

What was your favorite aspect of your work here?

Working with my clients. I am honored that my clients shared so much of their lives with me and trusted me to advocate for them and support them in their cases.

Is there anything else you would like to add about Her Justice, our clients, or any other aspect of your time here?

I so appreciate all of the support and assistance I received from my supervising attorneys, Tim Fallon, Wendy Silva, and Anna Ognibene, as well as Hamra Ahmad, the Director of Legal Services.

Eva

What’s next after Her Justice?

I’m moving to New Orleans to start law school at Tulane!

What is one thing you’ve learned in your time here?

I’ve learned about the transformative value of legal aid, both for women in desperate need of help navigating the civil justice system, and for pro bono attorneys who have their eyes opened by their clients’ experiences living in poverty and surviving violence.

What was your favorite aspect of your work here?

My favorite part of working at Her Justice was spending every day with such wonderful colleagues. Everyone I’ve worked with here has taught me so much both about the legal system, and about compassion and hard work in striving to improve the lives of those around us. I started at Her Justice in the summer of 2016, right before the beginning of the very tumultuous landscape we are in today. I am so glad that I have been able to spend these last uncertain two years with some of the most thoughtful, driven and caring people, committed to working with and for low-income and immigrant women. I feel motivated to carry forward the work that I see happening at Her Justice every day and I hope to spend my career as a lawyer with the same kind of commitment to justice and equality.

Is there anything else you would like to add about Her Justice, our clients, or any other aspect of your time here?

I feel so lucky to have spent two years here. I will miss the environment of being challenged and inspired daily by the people around me. This organization is extraordinary and I will always be thankful for everything I’ve learned during my time here.

Jennifer

What’s next after Her Justice?

Law School! I am attending Rutgers Law full time. After my time at Her Justice, three years seems like a reasonable sacrifice to have a career as an advocate like the attorneys I know here.

What is one thing you’ve learned in your time here?

I’ve learned plenty fundamentals of the legal system but more importantly, how to deal with the pressure of balancing multiple needs from the client, firm and organization.

What was your favorite aspect of your work here?

The interaction I had with clients and other staff. Particularly in my position I not only get to have direct client interaction and listen to their stories, you also deal with pro bono firm contacts as well as work alongside our staff attorneys. It’s a humbling and pedagogic experience every day.

Is there anything else you would like to add about Her Justice, our clients, or any other aspect of your time here?

I am continuously impressed by the dedication that the staff have here. Non-profit work is continuously challenging, but staff are always willing to step up and help. I believe much of that can be attributed to the familial environment Her Justice has. It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside the staff here and contribute whatever small amount to the betterment of my community!

Skadden Fellow Kirby Tyrrell, Executive Assistant Eva Kalikoff, and Senior Pro Bono Coordinator Jennifer Monge (pictured L to R) will be leaving Her Justice at the end of the month. Although we’ll miss them terribly, we’re excited to see what they accomplish next!