FLU added a tenth attorney to its team in March, when Skadden Fellow Amanda Beltz joined the Unit. Amanda is initially working on all aspects of family and matrimonial law, but as her Skadden project ramps up she will begin to focus primarily on representing victims of domestic violence from Africa and the Middle East.

A native of Connecticut and a 2008 graduate of St. Johns University School of Law, Ms. Beltz learned to speak Arabic and Berber while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

As a law student, Ms. Beltz received the Pro Bono Service Award and the Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. She served as an intern at the Global Justice Center and as the Frontline Editor at the St. Johns Journal of Legal Commentary.

Ms. Beltz is a former participant in FLU’s Domestic Violence Clinical Center, demonstrating that the Clinic is meeting one of its primary goals by educating a new generation of lawyers with knowledge of domestic violence issues. Indeed, Ms. Beltz is the sixth Clinic alumna to be hired by NYLAG.

Founded in 1988 by the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meaher, & Flom, LLP, the Skadden Fellowships are extremely prestigious public interest law fellowships. Lasting for two years, the Fellowship sponsors promising new lawyers interested in public interest work by placing them at nonprofit legal service providers and paying their full salary. Ms. Beltz is the third Skadden Fellow placed at NYLAG in the last five years.