Justine Fanarof practices law with heart and seeks to both be involved in her community and to help others get involved.
There is a concept in Judaism known as Tikkun Olam, or “healing the world,” which involves choosing the right action, doing good, volunteering, and performing charity work. Within the legal profession there is a strong call to do pro bono work; however, there is no requirement in Texas for lawyers to do so. How and if an attorney decides to give back is a personal choice. For Justine, the obvious choice is to commit to healing the world.
With extensive experience in pro bono mentoring, Justine consults with lawyers, law firms, and businesses regarding the setup, maintenance, and practice of Tikkun Olam and pro bono work. Through her community-based consulting practice she has gained extensive knowledge of local nonprofit organizations, the people involved with each, and the complex political environments in which they exist. To help those in genuine need, Justine works with individuals and groups to tailor appropriate short- and long-term opportunities to be of service in the Houston community.
Justine Fanarof’s Community Involvement
In the community, Justine serves as Co-Chair of the Organizational Committee for the Houston Coalition Against Hate and is a member of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, I’ll Have What She’s Having, and Healthcare for the Homeless. Justine provides pro bono legal representation and counsel to Central American migrant children through a partnership with Kids In Need of Defense. In 2019 she is co-leading the Eco, Outdoors, and Sustainability track of the Jewish Federation of Houston’s Mission to Israel.
In addition to these organizations, Justine volunteers as a yoga and meditation teacher for diverse communities, including veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, staff at San Jose Clinic, and children at the Houston Area Women’s Center. She serves as a volunteer mediator for the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center and as a yoga and mindfulness teacher for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers.