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 on the Board of Directors of two incredible non-profit organizations, Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) and Mind Oasis. As Board President of HCAH she works thoughtfully, creatively, and collaboratively with HCAH staff and its network of community based-organizations, institutions, and leaders to reduce hate and encourage belonging.
Justine’s non-profit board skillset includes legal counsel, advocacy, fundraising, networking, brand development, human resources, DIEJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice), and strategic development.
She is a member of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative and Healthcare for the Homeless. A foodie, Justine serves as an advocate for women in the food and beverage service industry and is on the Professional Advisory Team for I’ll Have What She’s Having.
Justine provides pro bono legal representation and counsel to Central American migrant children through a partnership with Kids In Need of Defense. Justine has taught yoga and mindfulness since 2004, and enjoys sharing her passion for community and wellness by volunteering in diverse communities, including teaching Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, staff at San Jose Clinic, and children at the Houston Area Women’s Center.