About Stephanie

I am zealous when helping clients navigate what can often be a confusing, discouraging and seemingly endless legal system, especially within family law matters. My top priority is helping individuals understand their options and working with them to proactively resolve domestic issues. I am compassionate and invested in achieving the best outcome for my clients in what is often one of the toughest experiences of their lives.

Education

Widener University Delaware Law School
Wilmington, DE
J.D. 2015

Study Abroad Program 2013
Lausanne, Switzerland and Venice, Italy

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
B.A. in Political Science 2012

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Work Experience

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Philadelphia, PA 2010-Present

Attorney. Practice includes all aspects of family law in Pennsylvania, including custody, child support, divorce, domestic violence, grandparent disputes, health care directives, LGBTQ families, order modifications, paternity, parental relocation and spousal support.

Law Clerk (full-time). Assisted attorneys in all aspects of practice, including legal research, drafting correspondence and pleadings, trial preparation and case management.

Administrative Assistant (full-time). Assisted law firm administrator and bookkeeper with all aspects of running a boutique law firm, including client billing and collections, accounts receivable and payable and conducting potential client intake.

T.D. Bank, N.A.
Philadelphia, PA 2006-2010

Head Teller. Managed 7-12 tellers, including coordinating schedules, training, character building exercises and facilitating growth; reconciled daily cash reports and daily settlement of vault.

Internships

United States Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
Philadelphia, PA January – May 2015

Legal Intern. Investigated and compiled fact summaries for complaints concerning Civil Rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs/activities receiving federal financial assistance, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

Widener University School of Law
Wilmington, DE
August 2013 – May 2015

Domestic Violence Research and Advocacy Fellow. Drafted motions and correspondence to clients on behalf of attorneys, assisted pro se petitioners in their protection from abuse matters in New Castle County, conducted legal research regarding Protection From Abuse and Custody matters, conducted general research regarding domestic violence related issues nationwide and was responsible for panelist coordination and programming of Spring 2015 CLE on the intersection of Public Health and Domestic Violence.

Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Philadelphia, PA June 2014 – August 2014

Custody and Support Assistance Clinic Advocate/Legal Intern. Provided legal assistance to pro se litigants regarding family law matters in Philadelphia Family Court, managing a case load of up to 125 clients; drafted and filed motions, petitions and agreements; facilitated settlement agreements between clients and opponents; and provided client intake on a daily basis.

Women Against Abuse
Philadelphia, PA July 2013 – December 2013

Legal Intern. Performed client intake for pro se petitioners with domestic violence matters,  gaining interviewing and counseling skills; assisted attorneys with case preparation and document collection.

Bar Association Activities

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division

Philadelphia Bar Association Activities

  • Investigator, Judicial Commission (current)
  • Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (current)
  • Pro Bono Liaison for the Solo, Small and Mid-Size Firm Management Committee (current)
  • Board Observer – Philadelphia VIP, Nonprofit Board Observer Program (current)
  • Family Law Section Liaison for the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee

Lectures / Trainings / Consulting / Publications

Course Planner, YLD (Young Lawyers Division) Boot Camp; Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers
Philadelphia Bar Association (October 2016)

Faculty, CLE Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement
Philadelphia Bar Association (September 2016)

The Pros and Cons of Reducing Divorce Wait Time
The Legal Intelligencer (Family Law Supplement, July 2016)

Balancing Different Manners, Needs of Colleagues
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, May 2016)

40-hour Domestic Violence Training – Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Big Brothers Big Sisters Certification – Bucks County, Pennsylvania Chapter

Boards / Memberships / Community Service

2017 Board Observer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program – Nonprofit Board Observer Program, Philadelphia Bar Association (current)

Volunteer Lawyer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (current)

Volunteer Lawyer, Support Center for Child Advocates (current)

Member, Brehon Law Society (current)

Member, Carpenter-Walsh Pro Bono Inn of Court, Delaware

Widener University Delaware Law School

Member – Moot Court Honor Society – Semi Finalist Judge G. Fred DiBona Competition

Member – Alternative Dispute Resolution Society

Fellow – Martin Luther King Service Fellowship

Vice President – Women’s Law Caucus

Auction Co-Chair – Public Interest Law Alliance

Member Student Bar Association Budget Committee

Awards

Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2016 (exemplary pro bono work)
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Widener University Delaware Law School

Pro Bono Distinction – 562 hours, 2015

Outstanding Leadership as Auction Chair, Annual Public Interest Law Alliance, 2014-2015

Certificate of Achievement in Legal Methods III, 2013

Philadelphia Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2014