Holland & Knight Attorney Honored By Women's Legal Services Organization

Thursday, January 1, 2004 - 00:00



Francesca Morris, an associate in the New York office of Holland & Knight LLP was awarded the prestigious John K. Geiger Award at InMotion's Fifth Annual Commitment to Justice Awards. The ceremony took place on December 1 at the Fordham University School of Law.

Ms. Morris has helped survivors of domestic violence referred by InMotion with crucial family and matrimonial law matters, enabling them to free themselves from abusive relationships, secure protective orders and win custody of their children. She became involved with domestic violence issues as a law student while working at a battered women's clinic at Fordham University School of Law. After graduation, she continued her work through the already established program of referrals to Holland & Knight from InMotion. Ms. Morris now oversees that program and enthusiastically recruits associates from Holland & Knight to represent the women referred by InMotion.

Since 2001, Ms. Morris' efforts have secured representation for 13 women who were victims of domestic abuse and she has participated in each of their cases. The award represents her commitment to pro bono work and InMotion's mission to ensure that all women have equal access to justice.

The John K. Geiger Award was instituted in 2002 in memory of one of the association's most committed, compassionate and long-term volunteers who died in July 2002.

Founded in 1993, InMotion (formerly Network for Women's Services) is a New York City-based non-profit organization that provides low income, under-served or abused women with free, quality legal services.