DIANE FENER: Lawyer, Author, Teacher
Diane Fener has thirty years' experience as a member of the bar admitted to practice in New York, California, and Washington DC. She has worked in both government service as well as in the private sector, where she has represented hundreds of clients at trials, negotiations and mediations. She has written publications for both technical and popular readerships about the workings of the justice system, especially as it affects women, children and the disadvantaged members of our society. She has taught courses on individual rights to law students as well as to practicing lawyers. She was a legal commentator for a variety of media outlets including: Dateline NBC, The New York Times, The Journal of The American Bar Association, The Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Virginian-Pilot. An active member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Families and the Law and the New York City Bar Association, she holds NY State Fiduciary License #649437 for guardianship assignments.
Ms. Fener majored in both Education and Literature and as an undergraduate at Boston University. After graduating on the Dean's List, she taught in public school and wrote for local newspapers before returning to academia, first to study government at Brandeis University part-time and then to earn her law degree at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., where she was President of her class and and delivered the Commencement Address.
After graduating law school, she worked in Washington, DC, as a court-appointed lawyer representing children and families who could not afford to hire private counsel. She then joined the Litigation Division of The International Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworksi in Los Angeles, California, before returning to the east coast where she served as Assistant Public Defender for the Virginia Public Defenders. There, she created a three-year Innovative Demonstration Project with funding from the US Justice Department. At the conclusion of the project, she moved to New York City to practice family and matrimonial law at Raoul Felder & Partners and later at The Bronx Defenders on Family Defense Team.
In 2012, Diane Fener created The Law Center of New York to focus on providing public interest legal services to those who cannot afford current market rates for private counsel. In 2016, she was invited to direct Classroom Connect, a project of The University of California at Irvine’s Center for Citizens Peacebuilding, where she helped create a curriculum for teaching conflict resolution in public schools. In 2017, she was appointed Visiting Professor at The Center for International Legal Studies, a project of Boston University, and presented to law students a series of lectures on individual rights and the U.S. Constitution. Today, she can be reached at:
Diane Fener, Managing Attorney
The Law Center Of New York
244 Fifth Avenue, Suite F-207
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (917) 426-7099
"Helping people who have been unfairly treated has always been my calling. It is the single organizing principle around which my entire career has been built."
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