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  • Gabriela Raful Elected as Vice President of Berks County Bar Association

    Our firm is proud to announce that the Berks County Bar Association (BCBA) has elected Gabriela Raful as Vice President. Her term starts in 2021. As a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republican, Gabriela is the first minority to fill this position.

    The BCBA’s mission is to support the legal profession by promoting professional excellence, encouraging collegiality and exercising advocacy on its behalf. The BCBA also supports its community by creating and providing meaningful public educational programs, publishing the Berks County Law Journal, assuring access to justice and upholding the integrity of the legal system in Berks County.

    Gabby has been active with the BCBA for years. She sat on the association’s Board of Directors from 2017 to 2019 and serves as the Chair of the Minority Law Section. As Chair, Gabby has drafted and passed Resolutions that directly support immigrants. In 2017, the BCBA awarded Gabby with its coveted Presidential Award of Merit. The association selected Gabby for this award because of her longstanding contribution and service to the Berks County community. Here are just a few more examples of Gabriela’s outstanding record of service:

    • Gabby created a seminar that aided 31 individuals in creating caregiver designation forms. Caregiver designation forms allow immigrant parents to appoint alternate caregivers in the case of an emergency
    • Gabriela volunteers for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, or AOP. Her position entails monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the State’s Language Access Plan, which seeks to ensure individuals with limited English proficiency are awarded equal access to the courts and judicial system. Not only does the plan support individuals with limited English proficiency, but also those who are deaf or hard of hearing
    • Pro bono As an immigrant herself, Gabby has a unique understanding of the trials and tribulations that come with the pathway to legalization. To help others navigate the complex process, Gabby represents indigent individuals pro bono. She has represented several students with their applications and renewals of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). Gabby also volunteers her services for the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD), where she represents individuals in disability matters, free of charge. In 2019, the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded Gabby its Pro Bono award for her commitment to community.

    As Vice President of the Berks County Bar Association, Gabby will continue to advocate for indigent individuals. Her dedication to fighting on behalf of those in need is mirrored in her position at Galfand Berger. As a Senior Partner at the firm, Gabby tirelessly fights for her clients in workers’ compensation, personal injury and disability matters.

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    With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we Galfand Berger serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.