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Below is a curated selection of my published writing and my resume:


The Legal Intelligencer: Sources Justice McCaffery Contacted FJD About Cases.pdf

The Legal Intelligencer- 'Bad Kids'- Victims of Luzerne Scam Battle Stigma as They Fight to Reclaim Their Dreams.pdf

The Legal Intelligencer: Challenges Remain Despite New Phila Family Courthouse.pdf

The Legal Intelligencer- Lynn Sentenced to Three to Six Years in State Prison .pdf

The Legal Intelligencer- Restatement Fight Is Making Pa. Products Law Unpredictable.pdf

The Citizen- Scalia- Sovereignty would create chaos.pdf

The Legal Intelligencer- Obermayer Firm Was Paid for Dual Roles in Family Courthouse Deal.pdf

The Citizen- Sullivan County officials roll the dice that Indian casinos can revive their storied Catskills' communities.pdf

The Legal Intelligencer- Liens Leaving Settlements Unsettled.pdf

 



Resume

AMARIS ELLIOTT-ENGEL

aengel@temple.edu | amarislaura@gmail.com


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Legal Fellow, Media Law Resource Center, New York, NY (current)

* Write for monthly publication on developments in media law and policy for non-profit membership association made up of content providers in all media and their defense lawyers.
* Curate stories from the United States and around the globe on media law and business issues as well as court decisions, court briefs and legislative initiatives for daily aggregation product.
* Assist staff attorneys and member attorneys with legal research.
* Handle compliance with New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, including members voting by proxy at annual meeting.

Staff Reporter, The Legal Intelligencer (ALM), Philadelphia, PA (8/07-8/13)

* Types of coverage for audience of lawyers and judges included judicial opinions; Pennsylvania Supreme Court oral arguments; court hearings; significant verdicts/settlements; the budgets of the Pennsylvania state judiciary, the Philadelphia court system and the legal aid community; legislative proposals of interest to lawyers; and in-depth, enterprise stories about legal trends.
* Areas of expertise included covering complex litigation, such as drug-product liability litigation and the policy fight over the best forum for out-of-state plaintiffs; campaign finance records and court budgetary and financial documents; and “inside-the-beltway” stories about judicial politics. Reported for both an on-line and print audience through six to eight news articles a week, blogging, live-tweeting events and daily tweeting.
* Multi-tasked normal responsibilities with daily coverage of a precedent-setting trial of Catholic Church official charged with endangering the welfare of children abused by other priests.
* Published regularly in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as part of content-sharing agreement.

Staff Writer, The Citizen (owned by Lee Enterprises), Auburn, NY (6/04—8/07)

* Covered police and courts beat, including breaking news of violent deaths, two manslaughter trials, the bankruptcy filing of a local hospital and the exoneration of a convicted murderer because of DNA evidence.
* Covered 25-year-old Native American land claims beat, including Supreme Court arguments. Wrote one to three daily stories, as well as weekly enterprises, a monthly Sunday enterprise package with sidebars and feature event preview stories.
* Stepped beyond beats to tackle a spectrum of topics, including government, education and health care policy stories.

EDUCATION

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (9/09—5/13)

Honors

Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review: Article & Symposiums Editor (Spring 2012-Spring 2013);
Staff Member (Summer 2011-Spring 2012)

Dean’s List (Fall 2010, Spring 2011 and Spring 2012)

Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society

Activities

‚ÄčAmerican Red Cross Disaster Relief Law Clinic (Spring 2013): Developed intake forms with four other students for a clinic that is its first of the kind in the country. Conducted intake and legal needs assessment of disaster survivors. Developed pamphlet to give clients information on basic legal steps to take in the wake of surviving disasters. Executed estate-planning document for clients. Wrote white paper on issues of depression among disaster survivors.

Campaign for Working Families Tax Preparer (Spring 2013)

Public Health Law and Policy Practicum (Fall 2012): Researched the nursing laws of six New England states for 50-state assessment for the National Nursing Centers Consortium.

Student Code of Conduct Advisor (2011-2013): Advised students charged with violations of Temple University’s Student Code of Conduct before and during administrative hearings.

National Lawyers Guild Committee Chair (2010-2011): Chair of legal observation and evening student activities for law school’s NLG chapter. Organized two career panels about public interest law for evening students and organized several trainings for students to support protestors’ freedom of speech and assembly by becoming legal volunteers. Volunteered as legal observer.

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (9/99—5/03)

Bachelor of Arts, Critical Social Thought, concentration in the “Ethics of Language and Power.” Magna cum Laude with a high honors thesis.

University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom (2001--2002)

Studied abroad 2001-2002 as a visiting student in English/American Studies.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

* Presenter, Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of Court panel on the reporter’s perspective on covering criminal cases and gag orders in criminal cases (September 2013).
* Second-place 2013 Professional Keystone Press investigative reporting award on district attorney’s campaign inviting deputies to a fundraiser.
* Honorable mention 2013 Professional Keystone Press news beat reporting award for Philadelphia courts coverage.
* Moderator, Widener Law Journal Symposium: Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation panel on “Keystone Civil Justice Issues” (April 2013).
* 2012-2013 Fellow at The Fund for American Studies Leadership Fellows in Journalism program with seminars on business and economic reporting skills, ethical dilemmas, and challenges of 21st century reporting.
* 2009 Fellow at The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution. One of 35 journalists selected to study constitutional issues at the National Constitution Center with leading legal luminaries.
* Ten other journalism awards for New York reportage, including four first-place New York Associated Press awards.