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South Orange Attorney Elisa M. Westfield Receives NJSBA Service To The Community Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—South Orange resident Elisa M. Westfield received the Service to the Community Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Atlantic City. Young lawyers who have devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities such as pro bono work, government service, charity involvement or other public service are candidates for the Service to the Community Award.

The founder of Girls Action Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Westfield serves as a mentor and programs and events coordinator for this organization that educates and empowers girls from grades 7-12, with an emphasis on underserved communities. She also conducts and coordinates the general counsel legal work for Girls Action Network, Inc. (www.girlsactionnetwork.org). Girls Action Network, Inc. is a pro bono client of the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

In addition, Westfield works with her church’s Knowledge is Power (KIP) tutorial program as a French tutor when needed.

Westfield’s past volunteer work includes: vice president and trustee for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Essex County; pro bono legal intern for Association for Children of New Jersey; leader of a Military Family Support Group in Clarksville, Tennessee; member of Amnesty International of Columbia, Maryland; spokesperson and young women’s mentor for the Brussels–American Community West Point Alumni; and young women’s mentor for West Point Contemporary Affairs Society.

Westfield served on Senator Jon Corzine’s 2003 Congressional Nomination Board to assist in the selection of candidates for the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

An associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City, Westfield concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions and equipment finance. She is also part of a team of lawyers at the firm involved in advising an official delegation from Nigeria on its efforts to adopt legislation and procedures to develop the country’s small and medium-sized industries and a venture capital industry.

Westfield is a 2002 graduate of Rutgers School of Law–Newark where she was notes editor of the Law Review. She received her bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1991, and a master’s degree in international relations from Boston University (Belgium) in 1995.

The Young Lawyers Division of the NJSBA organizes and promotes activities, including continuing legal education seminars that are of assistance to new lawyers in the practice of law, and encourages pro bono and community service involvement by all new lawyers.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.

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