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Heather Neu

Heather Neu

Legal Aid of Rochester

Heather Neu is a staff attorney for the Family Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. She currently handles family offense, custody, and support cases for survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Neu states that she found her purpose working exclusively with domestic violence survivors – obtaining protection for them from their abusers through orders of protection or financial support and explaining the complex family court system while navigating the same alongside them.

Ms. Neu created and co-chairs Legal Aid’s Diversity & Inclusivity Committee, which employees approximately 80 people. The initiative educates employees in cultural competency and identifies immediate concrete changes to accommodate, and encourage the growth of, a diverse clientele. She is also actively involved in the Rochester Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium’s Diversity Committee, where she is helping develop the curriculum for several trainings as well as spearheading a project to collect top-level demographic information of the clients served by member agencies to identify gaps in service.

In 2015, WBASNY presented Ms. Neu the Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding New Lawyer Award and in 2014, she received The Daily Record’s “Excellence in Law: Up & Coming Attorney” Award. In 2019, Heather was selected to participate in the Shriver Center Leadership for Justice program.

Ms. Neu joined Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (“GRAWA”) in 2012. She served as co-chair of GRAWA’s Newly Admitted Women Attorneys (“NAWA) Committee in 2012-2013 while also serving as WBASNY’s Convention Committee Co-Chair, helping organize a successful convention in Atlantic City. She served as GRAWA’s Membership Chair in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, during which time GRAWA was able to reach 300 members for the first time. She also served as co-chair of WBASNY’s Membership Committee during 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017, when WBASNY achieved record membership numbers. Recently, Ms. Neu served as WBASNY Press & PR Committee Co-Chair in 2017-2018 and LGBTQ Co-Chair in 2018-2019.

Ms. Neu is proud to live in the City of Rochester, but travels frequently to Erie County to spend time with her niece, Nora.