Lawyer. Advocate. Trainer. Consultant.
Justine has devoted her career to advocating for women's rights, victims rights, reproductive rights and social justice generally. Ms. Andronici is a trainer, consultant, advocate, attorney, educator, and expert in the arenas of sexual assault, domestic violence, and women's rights, reproductive justice.
Justine Andronici has spent her 25 year career utilizing her unique combination of legal, advocacy, project development and strategic communications skills to assist individuals, organizations and social justice movements.
Her civil practice areas have included sexual assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and civil rights civil law, including Title IX, Title IV, Section 1983 cases. Ms. Andronici represented multiple survivors in the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State University sexual abuse cases. Her clients included Matt Sandusky, survivors identified as victim's 2, 3, 7 and 10 in the Sandusky criminal proceedings, and others.
Ms. Andronici has also helped to launch and led multiple community based domestic violence and sexual assault legal services programs, and has planned and led major projects for non-profit organizations.
She now serves as a consultant and expert trainer for other legal system professionals, advocates and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Andronici began her legal career as a Georgetown Law Women, Law and Public Policy Fellow, working as counsel to NARAL Pro-Choice America on state and federal legislative issues related to reproductive rights and justice. After completing her fellowship, she joined the Maryland Women’s Law Center and entered the courtroom on behalf of individual clients as a victim’s rights attorney. She went on to represent countless survivors in private practice, as well as while serving as lead counsel at several legal services programs.
Prior to obtaining her law degree, Ms. Andronici worked on a wide range of women’s rights, civil rights, reproductive justice and social justice issues as a grassroots organizer, project director and communications director for the Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles California and Washington D.C.
Ms. Andronici has more than two decades of experience in the non-profit, social justice and social service sector. She has served as a contributing writer and Advisory Board Member for Ms. Magazine and has served on several national and state non-profit boards, including the National Board of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and has served as a consultant and strategic trainer for many non-profit organizations and programs.
Ms. Andronici has earned numerous national awards for her work as an attorney, advocate and leader. She earned her J.D. cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Sparer Public Interest Fellow. She received her B.A. cum laude from Colgate University with honors in political science.
Ms. Andronici is a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C.(inactive) and Massachusetts (inactive).
Ms. Andronici is a social justice advocate, an intersectional feminist, survivor and survivor advocate with a deep understanding of the ways in which location impacts issues surrounding equity. She has an understanding of rural American life and politics. She grew up in the Philly suburbs in NJ, went to college in a small town in Central NY, spent her early career in the Los Angeles and the DC area, and went to law school in Philadelphia. Justine has worked in DC as an activist and lawyer learned to practice domestic violence law in Baltimore. In 2006, she moved to rural Central Pennsylvania where she lives in the mountains.
Ms. Andronici also teaches yoga, meditation and wellness at Path to Calm where she works personally with and leads workshops for activists, advocates, leaders seeking positive change in themselves and the world.
Selected appointments, achievements & honors
Advisory Board, Ms. Magazine, fall 2002-2006
National Board Member, Mid-Atlantic Region, National Organization for Women (NOW), 2008-2010
Member, Pennsylvania NOW, Education Foundation Board, January 2006-December 2010
Member, Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc., Employment Advisory Group, 2004
Selected Awards & Achievements
University of Pennsylvania Law School Young Alumni Achievement Award, 2012
Women, Law and Public Policy Fellow, Georgetown Law, 2002-2003
Sparer Public Interest Law Scholarship recipient, Penn Law, 1999-2002
Alice Paul Award, University of Pennsylvania Association of Women Faculty, 2002
Henry Meacham Public Service Award, Penn Law, 2002
Order of the Coif, Penn Law 2002
Benjamin R. Jones Award, faculty prize for concern for humanity and the law, Penn Law, 2002
G. Newton Greene Memorial Prize, faculty prize for the highest grade in torts, Penn Law, 2002
Feminist Working Group Leadership Award, Penn Law, 2002
Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award, Ms. Foundation for Women, 1997
Civic Leadership Award, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter, 1996
"Working with clients to help them identify best path forward for them is always my central and driving goal. Whether I am working with a survivor, training another victim's rights attorney, or consulting with an organization or a group of system professionals, my job is very simple - to empower my clients."