Avery received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2013, where she served in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic, representing men on Alabama’s death row. Through NYU’s Racial Justice Clinic, she also worked for the ACLU on national criminal justice reform campaigns. Avery spent the summer after her first year of law school interning in Cambodia for International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO dedicated to fostering defense communities in post-conflict areas. During her second summer, she worked for the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, representing children accused of crime in juvenile court. Avery also represented tenants at risk of eviction from public housing with South Brooklyn Legal Services throughout law school. Before law school, she worked at The Bronx Defenders as an investigator and then as a parent advocate in Bronx Family Court. Avery received her B.A. in History and Human Rights from Columbia University in 2007. She speaks French.