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Diane Halle Center for Family Justice adds family law attorney


June 11, 2012

Attorney Jami Cornish has joined the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice as the Family Law Supervising Attorney, a new position at the Center.

Cornish has a long and distinguished career as an attorney, advocate and case manager for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. By joining the Halle Center she will greatly increase the Center’s legal services and advocacy.

Cornish previously was at Community Legal Services, where she served as a Senior Staff Attorney providing pro bono direct representation, legal advice and document preparation to a diverse population of domestic violence victims, parents of abused children and other low-income individuals litigating family court cases with complex custody issues such as interstate and international child abduction. She also served as an expert and advocate on policy reform for domestic violence and access to justice issues in Arizona and testified before the state legislature on legislation in this area.

For many years, she has served on commissions, committees and teams working to improve services, policies and laws for domestic violence victims throughout the state, including serving on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Domestic Relations Committee Substantive Law Workgroup since 2006. Cornish also initiated the evolution of the East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, which has become a model for the rest of Arizona and the country. 

Earlier in her career, Cornish worked as a case manager for domestic violence shelters arranging temporary emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their children, providing crisis counseling and other services. 

The Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law promotes the well-being and protects the human rights of children and families through multidisciplinary initiatives in education, advocacy and scholarship. The Center works with other ASU schools and community partners to pursue direct representation and policy advocacy on core issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, juvenile justice, child abuse, family law, human rights and criminal law.