Beth joined the Center in 2019 after several years directly representing children and families in DC at Children’s Law Center (CLC). Beth primarily represented children and teens in abuse and neglect cases, including those with complex mental health issues. In addition, she litigated public benefits, school discipline, special education, and appellate matters. Having started at CLC as an Equal Justice Works Fellow focused on increasing access to community-based mental health services for youth in the District, Beth also led parts of CLC’s policy agenda regarding children’s mental health. After becoming a supervising attorney, Beth managed, mentored, and oversaw the work of CLC attorneys representing children.
Before law school, Beth worked for nonprofits in the DC area and spent three years working in the legislative department of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She went to law school to become a civil rights attorney; representing clients in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School exposed her to the complex civil rights and social justice issues at play in child welfare cases and highlighted the need for effective legal and judicial systems in demanding due process for families. Before she worked at CLC, Beth clerked for the Honorable Catharine Easterly of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Beth is inspired by the resiliency, creativity, tenacity and thoughtfulness of the children, teens, parents, grandparents and kin she represented and worked alongside. She hopes to bring their spirit to her work at the Center while working to improve the systems with which they interacted.