Ms. Cores 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 Masters 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 fledging 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 The Law Offices of Amy Sara Cores, Esq., L.L.C. located in Howell, 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 Departments list of attorneys willing to accept said cases. Ms. Cores also participates in the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division’s Pro Bono Pilot Program.
She is an active participant in 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 has been selected for inclusion in the Rising Star Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
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 several 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 is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Monmouth Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Howell Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Ms. Cores is married and resides in Monmouth County with her husband and daughter.
Languages spoken: French, German
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Young Lawyer of the Year||New Jersey State Bar Association||2009|
|Owner/Partner||Cores & Associates||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Cores & Nachlinger, LLC||2013 - 2014|
|Partner||Hoffman, Schreiber & Cores||2004 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||Superior Court Of New Jersey Hon. E. Benn Micheletti, J.S.C. (Ret.)||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Board Member - Family Law Section||2012 - 2012|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (New Jersey chapter)||N/A||2011 - Present|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Amicus Committee||2011 - Present|
|Eastwood v. Lewis||Trial court overturned|
|P.P. v. N.P.||Upheld trial court|
|FHU v. ACU||win/upheld trial court|
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|New Jersey Family Lawyer||College Contribution: Theory, Law, and Practice||2010|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Interlocutory Appeals: Unlocking the Secrets||2010|
|New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||The UCCJEA: Where are we on the eve of the 5th anniversary?||2009|
|New Jersey Family Lawyer||Alimony: Law, Policy, Practice and Presentation||2009|
|New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||Fraud in Family Court: An Analysis of Equitable Relief||2008|
|New Jersey Family Lawyer||Child Abduction and Other Aspects of International Family Law||2007|
|Rutgers University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Florida State University College of Law||History||MA - Masters||2000|
|Florida State University College of Law||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|AAML Annual Meeting||Post DOMA Update||2014|
|South Jersey Inns of Court||Invited Speaker on Hague Convention Cases||2013|
|NBI Institute||Hague Convention Cases||2013|
|Evidence for Family Lawyers||Evidence for Family Lawyers||2012|
|Removal in Family Law Cases||Removal in Family Law Cases||2011|
|NJSBA Annual Meeting||Incivility and Gender Bias, Speaker||2011|
|Family Law 101||Family Law 101||2011|
|Successfully Handling Interstate and International Custody Disputes||Successfully Handling Interstate and International Custody Disputes||2010|
|Hot Tips in Family Law||Custody and Parenting Time Burdens||2009|
|Hot Tips in Family Law||Interlocutory Appeals||2008|