Aimee Carlisle received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and a Derrick Bell Scholar for Public Service. Upon graduating, she received the Law Alumni of Color Association Convocation Prize for Public Service. While at NYU, Aimee served as Co-Director of the Suspension Representation Project, where she advocated for NYC public school students in suspension hearings. She was also managing editor of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, a board member of the Black Allied Law Students Association, a high school youth mentor, and a board member of the Oakland, California-based African Queens Dance Company. Through the Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic, she assisted criminal public defenders in the Bronx, and, as a member of the Equal Justice and Defender Clinic, she worked on the post-conviction appeal of a client on Alabama’s Death Row. Aimee interned her first summer in Brooklyn Defender Services’ Family Defense Practice and worked on capital punishment, policing, and voting rights issues during her second summer at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Aimee received a B.A. with highest honors in linguistics and Spanish with minors in Japanese and Middle East/South Asia Studies from the University of California, Davis.
Ruth Hamilton (She, her, hers), After graduating from Harvard Law School, Ruth spent five years as a criminal defense attorney at the Bronx Defenders before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma to help build Still She Rises, the country’s first public defender office devoted exclusively to representing women. Ruth is excited to rejoin the Bronx Defenders after her time as the legal director of Still She Rises. Ruth received her B.A. in political science from Beloit College where she graduated magna cum laude. She is fluent in Spanish.
Defne Ozgediz received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Institute and in the Immigration and Refugee Clinic. Additionally, she was a training coordinator for the Prison Legal Assistance Project, a senior article editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and a member of the Harvard Mediation Program and the Ghana Project, a clinical program involving access to health insurance in Ghana. Defne spent her 1L summer interning at The Bronx Defenders and her 2L summer at The Southern Center for Human Rights, a capital defense organization located in Atlanta. During her 2L summer she also assisted the Southern Public Defender Training Center with their annual attorney training. Prior to law school, Defne worked as an AmeriCorps fellow at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and as a housing paralegal at Greater Boston Legal Services. Defne received her undergraduate degree and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.