Rachel L. Braunstein, Esq.
Fried Frank fellow
"I admire my clients for being creative, focused and optimistic during their legal cases despite the harm they have suffered. I applaud them for having the courage to change their lives."
Rachel, a fourth-year litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, is in the middle of her two-year fellowship in our Bronx office. During her fellowship, Rachel has litigated some of our most urgent and complex matrimonial and family law cases. Her forceful representation is bringing new hope and security to many clients and their families.
One client came to Rachel with a feeling that the justice system was not on her side. Kamaka, an undocumented immigrant from the Ivory Coast with five children, had left her husband after many years of physical and emotional abuse.
Several years earlier, Kamaka had been induced by her husband to sign a document that Kamaka thought was a petition for U.S. residency. She had recently learned that the document was really a waiver of her rights to contest divorce and that her husband had used this document to obtain a favorable divorce for himself.
With Rachel’s assistance, the court vacated the fraudulently obtained divorce judgment. Now Rachel and Kamaka are seeking a divorce with favorable terms for Kamaka and her children.
“The most rewarding part of the fellowship is learning what it means to be an advocate,” explains Rachel. She is inspired by her clients’ will to leave abusive marriages and, despite the obstacles, achieve safety and freedom. She believes that this same energy and determination drives her clients to seek inMotion’s assistance in rejecting their husbands’ unfair terms for divorce or initiating divorce actions themselves. Rachel strives to honor her clients’ commitment by approaching her legal representation as a collaborative effort.
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Note: All clients' names and personal details have been changed to protect their identities.