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Margaret E. Retter, Esq.

Margaret E. Retter has practiced law in New York City since 1986 and the Bronx since 1988 as a Criminal Defense of the Legal Aid Society. While still attending law school in Florida, she clerked for U.S. Federal Magistrate Patricia J. Kyle for the Southern District of Florida, and also for the Southeast Rend Regional Organized Strike Force; Organized Crime and Racketeering, United States Department of Justice. After graduation from law school, she worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida. In addition, she was general counsel to COLPA (Commission on Law and Public Affairs), a Public Service organization to fight Jewish discrimination in the workplace.

After working in private practice, Mrs. Retter established the DIN Legal Centers, Inc. (DIN), a non-for-profit legal service organization created to represent Jewish victims of domestic violence and abuse in Beis Din and Family Court. After a short time, while representing abused spouses in family court and also representing women in Jewish court, Beis Din, it became abundantly clear that the “veil of secrecy” surrounding the Beis Din system had to be lifted, that a great need existed for basic information to assist victims in order to navigate their way through the myriad of court appearances with which they had to contend. Information to the public regarding the Jewish Court system was scarce and not made available to the individuals who needed it most; the victims.

Ms. Retter has lectured for the Brooklyn Volunteer Bar Association, the Office of the District Attorney, Kings County on several occasions, and at the Fordham University Domestic Violence Seminar and has published in the Fordham Law Journal. Ms. Retter is also the author of The DIN Handbook, a resource manual for Jewish women facing domestic issues.  She has spoken to numerous Jewish social service organizations regarding domestic abuse in the Jewish community, and written several articles for Jewish newspapers.

Margie, as a family and friends call her, is married, has children, and grandchildren, and lives in New York City.

 


Rebecca E. Samson, Esq.

When practicing law in New York, Rebecca concentrated her legal practice in the area of commercial litigation, representing clients in New York State Courts and in the Eastern and Southern District Federal Courts in New York, as well as matters before the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) and the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”).

In addition to her private practice, as counsel to DIN Legal Centers, Inc., a not-for-profit legal organization, Rebecca represented women and men who were victims of domestic abuse in Family Court and Rabbinical tribunals (i.e., “Beth Dins”, pl. “Battei Din”). Rebecca frequently advocated on behalf of her clients in an effort to obtain civil and religious divorces (“Get”) in accordance with Jewish laws (“halacha”) and the laws of the State of New York. Rebecca has appeared before numerous Beth Dins in the New York metropolitan area.

Rebecca graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College in 1992. Ms. Samson was a Ford’s Scholar and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In 1995, Rebecca graduated with honors from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she was a “Samuel Belkin Scholar.” She is currently admitted to practice law in New York and federal courts.

Rebecca currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and four children.

 


Sara Glaz

Sara Glaz received her undergraduate degree in Economics from U.C.L.A. She’s currently a financial advisor at Munk Wealth Management in Hewlett, New York and writes regularly for Mishpacha magazine. Sara also writes many finance and business feature articles for Mishpacha Magazine. She currently lives in Far Rockaway with her husband and three children.

 

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