- Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Matrimonial Lawyer
Amy Sara Cores, ESQ.
Amy Sara Cores, Esq. graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a B.A. in History and a minor in Music. Ms. Cores is a classically trained cellist and also plays the guitar and sings. After focusing on music performance for many years, she was inspired after hearing a lecture by Elie Wiesel. She applied to the Master’s Degree program at FSU to concentrate her studies on Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust.
In her graduate program, Ms. Cores quickly distinguished herself as a devoted student and teaching assistant. She was invited to participate in a fledgling program called “Preparing Future Faculty.” This was a rewarding experience that provided her the opportunity to hone her public speaking and teaching skills. She was active in several student organizations and presented several papers at international conferences.
During her graduate studies at FSU she worked with several highly respected professors. Her research focused on Jewish armed resistance in clandestine organizations. Her thesis entitled “Jews in the Armia Krajowa” provides a contrary perspective of the ability of Jews to rise up against the Final Solution. Specifically, Ms. Cores was able to interview several former members of the Armia Krajowa (then residing in Israel) who related their personal history and experiences to her.
Ms. Cores also obtained proficiency in German and French reading knowledge. She is able to translate written texts in German and French. However, her research required her to have an additional level of fluency in Polish, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Prior to completing her Ph.D. Ms. Cores decided to relocate and pursue a career in the law. She attended law school at Rutgers-Camden School of Law (Camlaw). During her studies, she continued to teach history as an adjunct professor at Camden County College and Monmouth University. Ms. Cores also served as a research assistant for several professors at Camlaw. She was selected to assist with researching for the case of Christopher v. Harbury, (122 S. Ct. 2179, 2002 U.S. LEXIS 4647), as an assistant to Beth Stephens, Esq., who was Co-Counsel for Appellee. Ms. Cores received the Rutgers-Camden Pro-Bono Service Award.
After graduating from Camlaw, Ms. Cores accepted a judicial clerkship with the Hon. E. Benn Micheletti, J.S.C., Monmouth County. Now retired, Judge Micheletti honed Ms. Cores’ skills as a legal researcher and writer.
Ms. Cores accepted a position with the firm of Hoffman & Schreiber, P.A. to commence immediately after the conclusion of her clerkship. She quickly established herself as a fierce but friendly adversary. After only a few years, she was honored to continue on at the firm as a Member and the firm became known as Hoffman, Schreiber & Cores, P.A.
In 2012, Ms. Cores established Cores & Associates, L.L.C. located in Howell, New Jersey. In 2017, the office was moved to its current location in Freehold, New Jersey.
Her client’s appreciate her attention to detail and personalized attention to their family law cases. Ms. Cores receives many referrals from former clients.
Ms. Cores believes that it is the duty of those with a law license to not just meet the minimum pro bono requirements but to exceed them. She previously worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) accepting both paid and pro bono assignments to obtain the successful return of child abducted from foreign countries and brought here to the United States. She is currently on the State Department’s list of attorneys willing to accept said cases and mentor other attorneys. Ms. Cores previously participated in the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division’s Pro Bono Pilot Program. Neither of these programs was approved to satisfy the State requirement for pro bono work and therefore she is also appointed occasionally to represent criminal defendants.
She is an active participant in national, state, and local bar associations. Ms. Cores’ dedication to bar service is clear from the committee appointments she has accepted and recognition she has received from her peers. She was honored to receive the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2009. She was selected for inclusion in the Rising Star Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year since 2014. In 2015 she was featured in the Super Lawyer’s Magazine. She has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers for Families in NJ. In 2018 she was honored to be included in the Top 50 Women in Business in NJ awards.
Ms. Cores has served as an Early Settlement Panelist and Intensive Settlement Panelist in Monmouth County for many years. She is certified as an arbitrator by the AAML. She is a court approved Economic Mediator. She is trained and approved to serve as an economic mediator in domestic violence cases, as part of the current pilot program.
Ms. Cores is an avid writer for various legal publications and a regular speaker at seminars to educate attorneys throughout the state. She was honored to co-author articles with the Hon. Charles M. Rand, P.J.F.P. and John Finnerty, Esq. Ms. Cores has moderated several seminars and was asked to work with the NJSBA to develop a “101” program for young attorneys to complete their mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements.
She is also an experienced appellate attorney. Ms. Cores has many unpublished decisions with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. She has also made applications to both the United States Supreme Court and New Jersey Supreme Court. In a pro bono case, Ms. Cores successfully upheld a trial court’s decision to award counsel fees to another law firm who represented a victim of domestic violence pro bono when entering a Final Restraining Order. The appellate division affirmed and the defendant sought Certification from the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Ms. Cores continued her representation of the victim and successfully defended against the application. Ms. Cores also serves on the amicus committee for both the state chapter and national American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Ms. Cores successfully represented a parent whose child had been kidnapped from Turkey in the published decision of F.H.U. v. A.C.U. in 2012. This is the first appellate division decision in New Jersey which directly addresses the application of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Moreover, the case holds that despite a finding that a child is well settled in his new location the child can be returned to his home state in furtherance of the policy of the Convention. This landmark case was handled pro bono.
Ms. Cores is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Howell Chamber of Commerce. She serves on various committees within these organizations.
Ms. Cores is licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, and in all courts in the State of New Jersey. She is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Ms. Cores is also a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Additionally, Ms. Cores is one of the few attorneys in NJ to also be certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board Certified Family Law Trial Advocate.
Ms. Cores is married and resides in Monmouth County with her husband and children. You can catch her on nice days riding her Harley Davidson to the office or court.
She is the founder of Cores & Associates, LLC. She prides the firm on being a comfortable and unique setting focused on the needs of the individual. People come to her with the most serious and difficult issues and she takes the time to treat them with dignity and respect, while also not being afraid to be a straight talker and set them on the right path.
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