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Lawyer Goes From Overseeing Her Late Mother's Estate to Protecting Family Rights
Jennifer Donnelly first became enamored with law after her mother passed away, leaving Ms. Donnelly to oversee legal matters pertaining to her estate. This unfortunate turn of events led to her enrollment at Berkeley College, where she graduated in 1997 with an AAS degree in Paralegal Studies. Two years later, she was named Berkeley College’s Paralegal of the Year, after being nominated by her mentor and former Berkeley College faculty member Richard Olivieri. “I was an ‘older’ student at the time, 23, and just starting college,” Ms. Donnelly said. “I really valued what Berkeley was providing in education, as well as in career guidance.”
Ms. Donnelly went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kean University and a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She then became partner at family law practice Brunetti, Donnelly & Gulczynski in Jersey City, NJ. In one particular case, Ms. Donnelly helped an 18-year-old Muslim woman win an appeal of a ruling that initially denied her request for a restraining order against her abusive husband. Currently, Ms. Donnelly resides in Hackensack, NJ, and works as a Staff Attorney at family law practice Weinberger Law Group, contributing to client outreach and development, writing, researching, blogging and marketing.