The Family Law Society's Banner Semester
John Barone '16, President, on his career choice: “I chose family law to assist clients during their worst times, serving as an advocate while protecting their interests when they are most vulnerable."
Seton Hall Law School’s Family Law Society (FLS) hit the ground running this year. “This tireless group of students is dedicated to helping other Seton Hall Law students pursue careers in family law while also doing some wonderful public service,” said Professor Jessica Miles, the group’s faculty advisor.
(Pictured above, from left are Executive Board members Tracey Cordeiro '17, Jillian Freda '16, John Barone '16 and Amanda Koenig '16.)
In the fall semester alone, the FLS participated in a backpack drive, hosted a speed-networking event, participated in the National Adoption Day Celebration, published two informative newsletters, and generated funds with several bake sales.
John Barone '16, FLS President, also contributed to the Seton Hall Law blog, Off the Record, offering tips for pursuing a career in family law.
In September, FLS participated in the Essex County Bar Foundation’s Backpack Drive, collecting backpacks and school supplies for the Kids Corporation II of Newark. This non-profit organization works to break the cycle of educational failure in Newark by providing children in need with a safe, educational enrichment program year-round. The supplies help keep children both learning and engaged.
Knowing that building a professional network is critical to success in Family Law, FLS hosted a fun and successful "Speed Networking with Family Law Professionals" event on October 22. More than 50 students and professionals attended, including judges and attorneys in private practice, government and nonprofit organizations. Run like a “speed-dating” event, it provided both a structured format and a relaxed atmosphere, giving students the opportunity to engage in fruitful networking.
“I was incredibly proud to be part of the Family Law Society at our last networking event,” said Jillian Freda ’16, Treasurer. “It was fantastic to see the success of our Seton Hall Law alumni and their eagerness to help us pave our own path in the field as well.”
On National Adoption Day on November, FLS partnered for the first time with the New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency, and a diverse group of community organizations, to help make the celebration special. The 43 children and their adoptive parents, who formally became families in Essex County Family Court that day, enjoyed the celebration wholeheartedly.
Amanda Koenig ’16, Secretary spearheaded the event. “It was such a heartwarming day to see these children, who finally had a family to call their own,” said Koenig. “The families were so happy to have permanency.” Each family was called to take a picture, and the FLS students gave them a picture frame and goody bags for the children, and provided an arts and crafts activity during the party that followed – all of which the students purchased with funds raised by FLS.
Tracey Cordeiro ‘17, Vice President, was equally touched by the event. "Watching the parades of families walk through the auditorium, with enormous smiles of pure joy on their faces, brought me peace,” she said. “Playing a small role in a much larger scheme was an honor. Events like National Adoption Day make the pursuit of employment within the Family Law field that much more rewarding." (Pictured, from left, are Amanda Koenig, John Barone and Tracey Cordeiro at the arts and crafts table hosted by FLS.)
The students of the Family Law Society are unwaveringly passionate about the practice of Family Law. "There is nothing more rewarding than obtaining a positive outcome for a client involved in an emotionally charged familial dispute,” said John Barone ‘16. “I chose family law to assist clients during their worst times, serving as an advocate while protecting their interests when they are most vulnerable."
Barone's hard work and dedication has been recognized: last month, he was an awarded a scholarship by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.