Nancy Newman
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Ms. Nancy M. Newman Esq.
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The Bridge Foundation
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Nancy Marcus Newman is a nonprofit and civil rights attorney in Pennsylvania and New York, where she was a former Associate of Skadden, Arps. She presently serves as corporate counsel for Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences (PARR). She founded the public nonprofit Bridge Foundation ( to support young people for whom current systems have failed, which provides individual grants for persons with financial need transitioning to recovery housing as well as funding for recovery community programming. Newman is a child welfare and family advocate, a Mayo Clinic trained Wellness Coach, and a Certified Family Recovery Specialist. Newman’s Federal law practice in the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania focuses on Civil Rights discrimination and rights of persons with disabilities and disadvantaged populations under the Americans with Disabilities and Fair Housing Acts. Nancy works with Steven Polin, Esq. representing civil rights of recovery house residents in Pennsylvania and New York. As University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Newman created a national Model Course in Professional Responsibility and Lawyer Well-Being. She has advocated for the rights of disenfranchised youth who are abused, neglected, or otherwise fall through the cracks of government and private systems for support and protection, Chaired Pennsylvania’s Children’s Trust Fund Board (appointed by Governor Tom Ridge), and oversaw comprehensive revision of Pennsylvania’s Adoption and Foster Care laws as Chair of the Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Adoption Law. Nancy has formally participated in state and federal legislative initiatives including federal Parity Law implementation, Public Health Law and Prevention of Youth Violence. Newman’s extensive public interest law experience supporting citizens facing addiction and mental health challenges has involved issues of health care, education, incarceration, family law, corporations, and community-based support systems. Nancy is an Alumni of Penn Law School (’87). She is also a person in long-term Recovery.
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