Amaris Elliott-Engel is a lawyer who has written about courts and legal affairs for over a decade. She is a supervising attorney with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. She defends low-income and middle-class homeowners in mortgage foreclosure cases and tenants in eviction cases, represents consumer debtors in bankruptcy court, assists workers with unemployment issues, represents people with income maintenance issues and assists clients with HIV/AIDS with their legal needs. Previously, she was a contract staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center, which she initially joined as the 2013-2014 Legal Fellow. She earned her law degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law during the same time she worked for six years as a staff writer for the oldest legal newspaper in the country, ALM's The Legal Intelligencer. She also worked for three years as a police and courts reporter for The Citizen, a Lee Enterprises newspaper in upstate New York. Her work also has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Buffalo News, the Albany Times-Union, the Nation Magazine, the Washington Times, the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, the Philadelphia City Paper, the Connecticut Post and others. She currently writes regularly for the Rochester Business Journal about legal issues, the banking industry, investing and healthcare.