Rising Star: Dena Kravitz, A People Person
As a young girl, Dena Kravitz realized that some children needed a person to “stick up” for them when they were being treated unfairly or bullied. At that early age, Dena knew she wanted to become a lawyer for people who were too afraid or intimidated to speak for themselves.
While at Loyola Law School, Dena gravitated toward family law because of its direct impact on people and the intensely personal contact with clients. She learned of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law from a friend at law school and became an intern at the Center. During her time as a student, she watched Senior Staff Attorney Cheryl Segal interview women survivors at domestic violence shelters with a sensitivity and compassion that fostered a level of comfort for them. Dena believes those experiences taught her how to better listen to each client and advocate for each person more effectively.
In addition to her work as an intern, Dena’s deep commitment to the Center includes her roles as a volunteer attorney, donor, trainer, mentor and all-around advocate. Her early start at the Center provided a “basis of knowledge of family law and helped mold” her career at the Center’s benefactor firm, Harris·Ginsberg LLP, and as a Rising Star (2012-2016).
“The Center is special because it focuses on empowering clients to have the courage and confidence to stand up for themselves in court and in life,” Dena says. “That’s why I support the Center through my time and donations, and my family supports the Center.“