Amanda Beltz
Acting Director, Matrimonial & Family Law

Amanda previously served as a Supervising Attorney in the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and the Domestic Violence Appellate Representation. She has represented clients in matrimonial, custody, visitation, family offense cases and immigration matters including U visas, Battered Spouse Waivers, and Violence Against Women Act Self-Petitions (VAWA). Amanda joined NYLAG as a Skadden Fellow advising victims of domestic violence from Africa and the Middle East. As a law student, she participated in the Domestic Violence Clinical Center, helping to draft a brief to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concerning US efforts to address violence against women through VAWA. She graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law and received her B.A. from Fordham University. Earlier Amanda was a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

Shani Adess
Senior Supervising Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Hayat Bearat
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Hayat is a staff attorney in the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG. Hayat represents survivors of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Court in cases involving divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, visitation and family offenses. Hayat works closely with clients from Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) immigrant communities to help clients understand and navigate the legal system while remaining sensitive to cultural differences and issues. Prior to joining NYLAG, Hayat was a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society where she represented tenants in their housing court proceedings in the Bronx. Hayat received her J.D. from New England Law | Boston in 2014 where she was on the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court and did research at the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights on violence against women and girls in the MENA region and focusing specifically on early and forced marriages.

Heather Betz
Senior Supervising Attorney & Project Director, LGBTQ Law

Heather Betz is Supervising Attorney and Project Director 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.

Julia Geiger
Paralegal, LGBTQ Law

Julia is a paralegal in the LGBTQ Law Project. She assists on all aspects of clients’ cases, helping the project to provide advice, advocacy, and representation to LGBTQ New Yorkers on a range of civil legal matters. Julia has previously interned at the Bronx Defenders as a Civil Legal Advocate intern, where she focused primarily on public benefits-related advocacy. Julia graduated in May 2016 from Harvard University, where she studied Social Studies and English Literature. As a student, Julia helped lead advocacy efforts for LGBTQ inclusion and against sexual violence on campus.

Victoria Goodlof
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial and Family Law

Victoria is a Staff Attorney in NYLAG’s Matrimonial and Family Law Unit where she represents domestic violence victims in family offense, immigration, matrimonial, custody, visitation, and support proceedings.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Victoria was a staff attorney at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services.  She worked on the Domestic Violence Representation Project where she represented domestic violence victims in restraining order, custody, visitation, and support proceedings, as well as conducted extensive outreach to hospitals, police, and community organizations to train them about civil protections for victims of domestic violence.  Victoria graduated from New York Law School in 2012 where she was an associate of the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families.  Victoria is admitted to practice law in both New Jersey and New York.

Mark Hager
Supervising Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law Unit

Lana Kleiman
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Lana is a staff attorney in NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and Coordinator of Project Eden, which works with the Orthodox Jewish community to raise awareness of domestic violence. 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

Edith Lerner is a paralegal in the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit, where she conducts intakes with clients seeking legal assistance in a variety of matters including but not limited to divorce, custody, child support, family offense, and immigration issues. In addition to conducting intake, Edith provides support for attorneys, assists in grant management and reporting, and drafts immigration applications for victims of domestic violence. Prior to joining NYLAG, Edith interned at Brooklyn Defender Services as an investigative intern. Edith graduated from Barnard College in May 2016, with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Cultures and a minor in psychology. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

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

Sasha is a senior staff 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.

Jaimee Nelsen
Senior Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Jaimee is a senior staff attorney in NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit where she represents domestic violence victims in custody, visitation, family offense,  child and spousal support, and matrimonial cases. Most recently she had had the pleasure of working as Court Attorney to the Honorable Judith Waksberg in Kings County Family Court.  Additionally, she has served as a member of the First Department 18-b panel, a prosecutor for ACS and as an attorney representing primarily formerly incarcerated fathers with the Fortune Society.  Ms. Nelsen has been as a legal consultant for child support policy reform and legislation at the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy and HRA and presented at the first New York State Fatherhood Conference. Ms. Nelsen received her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law and her Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Puja Paul
Paralegal, Matrimonial & Family Law

Taylor Poe
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law/Public Benefits

Kimberly Schertz
Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Kimberly is a staff attorney in the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG. Kimberly represents survivors of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Courts throughout New York City in cases involving divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and family offense proceedings. She also works closely with clients from Hispanic immigrant communities and assists them in seeking immigration relief based on their experiences with domestic violence. Through her advocacy efforts, Kimberly also partners with city agencies and other advocates to disseminate information and empower survivors of domestic violence. Kimberly received her J.D. from University of Washington School of Law in 2014 where she twice received the Pro Bono Student of the Year Award and focused her clinical and internship experiences on matters involving child advocacy, juvenile justice reform,  and domestic violence. Kimberly graduated from the University of Washington in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Women Studies, with a minor in Diversity.

Lilliana Shvartsmann
AVODAH Fellow, Matrimonial & Family Law

Sarah Temmer
Avodah Fellow, Matrimonial & Family Law

Erica Windwer
Senior Coordinating Paralegal, Matrimonial & Family Law

Erica is the Senor Coordinating Paralegal of Project Eden & Special Projects in the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit. Erica works with survivors of domestic violence directly and provides attorney support. As a BIA Accredited Representative, Erica represents survivors in their immigration cases including U Visas and VAWA Self Petitions. Erica assists in coordinating Project Eden, a project focused on domestic violence in the Orthodox Jewish community. Erica also provides support on grant writing and administration. Erica started at NYLAG as an Avodah Corps Member, studying anti-oppressive organizing and effective leadership skills for social change. Prior to joining NYLAG, Erica interned at the DC Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. Erica graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in 2013 with a degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Journalism & Mass Communication.

Tuozhi Lorna Zhen
Senior Staff Attorney, Matrimonial & Family Law

Lorna is a senior 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), representing ACS in child abuse and neglect cases in Bronx Family Court. Lorna received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2010 where she received the Family Law Award and worked 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.