Kim Susser
Director, Matrimonial & Family Law

Kim is the Director of the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law and New York Law School. Prior to working at NYLAG, Kim was a staff attorney at Victim Services (now Safe Horizon) where she represented victims of domestic violence in Family Court. Kim was a trial attorney in the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society where she represented children in child protective and delinquency proceedings.

Kim is a former Secretary of the Domestic Violence Task Force of the New York City Bar Association. She is also an active member of the Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic Violence and was the 2006 recipient of the annual In the Trenches award. She also received the Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to the Family Court in 2009. Kim published articles in the Fordham Urban Law Journal and the Lawyer’s Manual on Domestic Violence regarding orders of protection and custody issues in domestic violence cases. Kim received her JD from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1989.

Lisa Rivera
Associate Director, Matrimonial & Family Law

Lisa is the Associate Director of the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit at NYLAG and also serves as NYLAG’s co-director for the Domestic Violence Clinical Center where law students litigate family offense, custody and visitation cases under a student practice order. The clinic collaborates with St. John’s University School of Law, and New York Law School, where Lisa is an adjunct professor. Prior to working at NYLAG, Lisa clerked at the National District Attorney’s Association where she worked on trainings on domestic violence, sexual assault and forensic evidence. Lisa is a member of the Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic Violence and serves on the Family Court/Family Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association. Lisa received her JD from George Washington University National Law Center in 2002.

Fariah Amin
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Fariah is a staff attorney for the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit at NYLAG. She represents victims of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Court in matters such as divorce, custody, visitation, child support, and family offenses. Specifically, Fariah works closely with Asian immigrant communities and organizations helping domestic violence victims navigate the legal system while ensuring that sensitivity to the cultural needs of the client is maintained. Prior to working at NYLAG from 2012 to 2014 Fariah worked in Family Court Legal Services at the Administration for Children Services (ACS) representing the agency in child abuse and neglect proceedings. At ACS, Fariah conducted various hearings in Family Court such as fact-findings, permanency hearings and dispositional hearings, among other judicial proceedings. From 2010-2012, Fariah worked as a Compliance Attorney for the Garden City Group, Inc., where she ensured  compliance with a multi-district litigation Court Order governing the administration of a $20 billion settlement compensation fund created in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon British Petroleum oil spill. Fariah graduated from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2010. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor in Arts from New York University in 2007 where she majored in Political Science and History.

Rachel Barreto
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Rachel is a staff attorney in the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG. Rachel represents survivors of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Court in cases involving divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, visitation and family offenses, as well as collateral issues such as immigration. Prior to joining NYLAG, Rachel was a Staff Attorney at the House of Ruth Maryland where she represented Domestic Violence victims in District and Circuit Court. Her work there included advocating for her clients on issues of restraining orders, custody, and child support. Following law school, Rachel worked for a boutique immigration law firm where she worked on a variety of immigration law cases, including matters of asylum, permanent residency and visa applications, SIJS and removal proceedings. Rachel received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was a member of the Law School Moot Court Board and participated in the Civil Justice Clinic, representing indigent clients in civil court matters. Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she double majored in Psychology and Classical Studies.

Amanda Beltz
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Amanda is a staff attorney in the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit where she represents litigants in matrimonial, custody, visitation and family offense cases. As a law student, Amanda participated in the Domestic Violence Clinical Center where she helped draft a brief to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concerning the United States’ efforts to address violence against women through the Violence Against Women Act. Amanda is also a member of the Sex and the Law Committee through the New York City Bar Association. Amanda graduated cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law in 2008.

Shaundi Best
Senior Paralegal, Matrimonial & Family Law

Heather Betz
Supervising Attorney, LGBTQ Law Project

Heather Betz is Supervising Attorney for NYLAG’s LGBTQ Law Project. Prior to joining NYLAG she served as Project Director of the DREAMER Pro Bono Project at Cornell Law School, where she oversaw the work of a team of volunteer attorneys and law students representing undocumented young people applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides temporary relief to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as young children. Earlier, she was Senior Staff Attorney at the HIV Law Project and Director/Echoing Green Fellow at the Lesbian and Gay Refugee Advocacy Project. Heather received her law degree from the City University of New York School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina.

Sara Friedman
Staff Attorney, Family Law

Julia Geiger
Paralegal, LGBTQ Law

Nadia K. Hernández
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Lana Kleiman
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Lana is a staff attorney in NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit. She represents victims of domestic violence in family offense, matrimonial, custody, visitation, support, and immigration cases. Prior to joining the Family Law Unit, she was NYLAG’s Pro Bono Manager and supervised pro bono attorneys on immigration cases.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Lana was a litigation associate at DLA Piper, LLP. She was also a deferred associate at NYLAG in the Immigration Protection Unit where she represented clients in immigration cases including deportation, asylum and status for survivors of domestic violence. Lana graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2009.

Edith E Lerner
Paralegal, Matrimonial & Family Law

Alexandra (Sasha) Lewis-Reisen
Supervising Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law, LegalHealth

Sasha is a supervising attorney for the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit and LegalHealth. Sasha represents domestic-violence survivors in divorce, custody, orders of protection, and support cases, at both trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining NYLAG, Sasha was a litigation associate and counsel at O’Melveny & Myers, which is where she started her relationship with NYLAG, working on pro bono family law appeals. Now, part of her work at NYLAG is mentoring its pro bono partners in their trial and appellate representation of domestic-violence survivors. Sasha graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude.

Maura McCarthy
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Maura is a staff attorney in NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit. She represents domestic violence victims in matrimonial, family offense, custody, visitation, and support cases. Prior to joining NYLAG, Maura worked as a child advocate attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia representing youth in child welfare proceedings. From 2013 to 2014, Maura clerked for the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein in  the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas. She graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2013. While at Brooklyn Law School, Maura received the CALI Award for Excellence in the Future in Family Law, Constitution Law III: The First Amendment, and Fundamentals of Law Practice I, as well as the Rose L. Hoffer Prize for Excellence in Torts and the Richard Elliott Blyn Memorial Prize for Civil Liberties. Maura was also a member of the Journal of Law and Policy and the Moot Court Honor Society.

Amira Samuel
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Amira is a staff attorney and the Project Eden/Nedivot Coordinator for the Family and Matrimonial Law Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group. Amira represents survivors of domestic violence in family court and supreme court and provides advocacy services in criminal court and rabbinical court. Amira advises clients on their rights in custody, visitation, divorce, family offense, and child support proceedings. She started at NYLAG as a Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law post graduate fellow, and then continued her work with NYLAG as a Judge Gertrud Mainzer Memorial Fellow, an honor she was awarded for her commitment to public interest family law. In 2012, she served NYLAG as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Amira was a research assistant to a sociologist studying communities in New York City. Amira was a student of family law and alternative dispute resolution at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and graduated in 2010.

Kimberly Schertz
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Erica Windwer
AmeriCorps Paralegal, Matrimonial & Family Law

Tuozhi Lorna Zhen
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Lorna is a staff attorney in the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG. Lorna represents survivors of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Court in cases involving divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, visitation and family offenses, as well as collateral issues such as immigration and victim’s compensation. Lorna works closely with clients from Asian immigrant communities and supporting organizations to help clients understand and navigate the legal system while remaining sensitive to cultural differences and issues. Prior to joining NYLAG, Lorna was an agency attorney with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) for two and a half years where she represented the agency on child abuse and neglect cases in the Bronx. Lorna received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2010 where she received the Family Law Award and worked part time as a student attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services representing survivors of domestic violence in divorce proceedings. Lorna graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 2007 where she double majored in History and Economics, with a minor in Art History.