Lawyer. Advocate. Trainer. Consultant.
Justine has devoted her career to advocating for women's rights, victims rights and social justice. Ms. Andronici is a trainer, consultant, advocate, attorney, educator, speaker, and expert in the arenas of sexual assault, domestic violence, and women's rights.
Justine Andronici has spent her 25 year career working to empower women and advance social justice. Justine is a feminist attorney, social justice advocate, and organizational consultant whose work has focused on women’s rights, victim’s rights, domestic and sexual violence, employment discrimination and educational equity. Justine utilizes her unique combination of legal, advocacy, project development and strategic communications experience to train other legal system professionals and assist non-profit social justice organizations in strategic planning, project development and strategic communications.
Ms. Andronici has extensive experience as an organizer, and project leader and communications specialist as well as as an attorney in the trenches, serving survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, sex discrimination and harassment and domestic violence. She has has worked with thousands of survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, domestic violence and discrimination in the course of her career, helped to launch 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 has a unique blend of expertise related to women's rights and victims rights. 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 began her legal career as a Georgetown Law Women, Law and Public Policy Fellow, working on state and federal legislative issues related to reproductive rights. After completing her fellowship, she entered the courtroom as a victim’s rights attorney. She has represented survivors in private practice, as well as while serving as lead counsel at several legal services programs including the Centre County Women's Resource Center and the Maryland Women’s Law Center, and Huntingdon House, in Huntingdon PA.
Prior to obtaining her law degree, Ms. Andronici worked on a wide range of women’s rights, civil rights 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 and 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).
In addition to serving thousands of individual survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault over the course of her legal career, 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 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).
Justine is an intersectional feminist, survivor and survivor advocate with 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 with her husband, peahen, dog and cat.
She 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."