Staff Attorney/VOCA Fellow
Amelia C. French is a Staff Attorney and DC VOCA Fellow at Tzedek DC. She is committed to serving marginalized communities and the greater public interest. Prior to working at Tzedek DC, Amelia was a Volunteer Attorney at both DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP), and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). At DCVLP, she represented victims of domestic violence seeking divorces from their abusive spouses and custody of their children from abusive former partners. At MVLS, she represented clients petitioning for expungement of their criminal records. Her clients were individuals excluded from certain jobs and barred from certain educational programs as a result of their criminal records.
Prior to that, as a Student Attorney in the Community Development Law Clinic (CDC), she represented low income District of Columbia housing cooperatives in rapidly gentrifying areas. Amelia assisted these families in avoiding displacement as a result of skyrocketing real property costs in the District. She received the Earl H. Davis Award from the Jack and Lovell Olender Foundation for her demonstrated commitment to public interest law and her exemplary performance in CDC. Amelia is a Class of 2016 graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and an attorney barred in the District of Columbia.