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Bloggers Bio - Tom Dobbins, Jr.

Tom Dobbins Jr. is a graduate of Fordham University School Of Law - where he received his Juris Doctor in 1990, and Manhattan College - where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science and Peace Studies in 1986. For the past seven years, he has been the Justice and Peace Coordinator in the Department of Social and Community Development of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. In that role, he has worked in partnership with numerous parishioners of the 400 plus parishes in the Archdiocese: educating them on the social teachings of the Church, and connecting them with opportunities in advocacy and service to put these teachings into practice. In addition, Tom also teaches two courses on Catholic social teaching and its application as part of the Diaconate Formation Program at St. Joseph's Seminary Dunwoodie, and has developed trainings and resources on the social mission of the Church for the Archdiocesan Department of Education; he has also lectured on this topic and Faithful Citizenship locally at Archdiocesan Catechetical Conferences and Teachers' Institutes among other venues, and nationally at conferences sponsored by the Roundtable Association of Social Action Directors and at the Jubilee Justice Conference held in Los Angeles in 1999. Tom also currently serves on two state-wide committees: the Environmental Concerns Subcommittee of the New York State Catholic Conference's Public Policy Committee, and the Economic Justice/ Income Security Committee of the Council of Catholic Charities Directors.

Prior to this, Tom worked in other justice and policy related work for the Archdiocese, serving as both Catholic Charities' Criminal Justice Outreach Coordinator, and the Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Public Policy Education Network, where he helped parishioners advocate nationally and in Albany for policies that enhance and support the life and dignity of all people. Before starting his work for the Archdiocese, Tom worked in the fields of both healthcare and labor relations, when he was the Director of Human Resources at Gracie Square Hospital, a 100 bed psychiatric hospital on the Upper-East Side of Manhattan, and Assistant Director of Human Resources at St. Vincent de Paul Residence, a 200 bed nursing home in the South Bronx sponsored by the Catholic Charities. Before Law School, Tom worked with homeless pre-schoolers for one year at St. Bernard's Center for Learning, a day-care center for children from homeless families in White Plains, New York, and for international peace and reconciliation as Assistant Coordinator of the Westchester Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in Scarsdale, New York. While in law school, Tom was the 1989-1990 Stein Fellow of Law and Ethics and worked as a research fellow on ethical dimensions of law and policy, and was the recipient of the both the Ryan Medal of Governmental Studies and Pope John XXIII Medal for Peace Studies upon his graduation from college in 1986. In 2004, Tom along with his entire family was awarded the Terence Cardinal Cooke Award for Outstanding Service by the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of New York, and in 2005 was recipient of the CYO "Shining Star" Award.