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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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  1. Family: 30%
    13 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    13 years
  3. Appeals: 20%
    13 years
  4. Mediation: 10%
    13 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Cores & Associates, L.L.C.

1001 US Highway 9 North
Suite 205
Howell, NJ, 07731


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Young Lawyer of the YearNew Jersey State Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/PartnerCores & Associates2012 - Present
PartnerCores & Nachlinger, LLC2013 - 2014
PartnerHoffman, Schreiber & Cores2004 - 2012
Law ClerkSuperior Court Of New Jersey Hon. E. Benn Micheletti, J.S.C. (Ret.)2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (New Jersey chapter)N/A2011 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersAmicus Committee2011 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationBoard Member - Family Law Section2012 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Eastwood v. LewisTrial court overturned
P.P. v. N.P.Upheld trial court
FHU v. ACUwin/upheld trial court
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Publication nameTitleDate
New Jersey Family LawyerCollege Contribution: Theory, Law, and Practice2010
New Jersey Law JournalInterlocutory Appeals: Unlocking the Secrets2010
New Jersey Lawyer MagazineThe UCCJEA: Where are we on the eve of the 5th anniversary?2009
New Jersey Family LawyerAlimony: Law, Policy, Practice and Presentation2009
New Jersey Lawyer MagazineFraud in Family Court: An Analysis of Equitable Relief2008
New Jersey Family LawyerChild Abduction and Other Aspects of International Family Law2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Florida State University College of LawHistoryMA - Masters2000
Florida State University College of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AAML Annual MeetingPost DOMA Update2014
South Jersey Inns of CourtInvited Speaker on Hague Convention Cases2013
NBI InstituteHague Convention Cases2013
Evidence for Family LawyersEvidence for Family Lawyers2012
Removal in Family Law CasesRemoval in Family Law Cases2011
NJSBA Annual MeetingIncivility and Gender Bias, Speaker2011
Family Law 101Family Law 1012011
Successfully Handling Interstate and International Custody DisputesSuccessfully Handling Interstate and International Custody Disputes2010
Hot Tips in Family LawCustody and Parenting Time Burdens2009
Hot Tips in Family LawInterlocutory Appeals2008