LYDIA'S BACKGROUND

Lydia Edwards has an extensive legal background working to help many immigrants and domestic workers.  See a list of her past experience and work history below:

Greater Boston Legal Services

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Racial Justice Fellowship
Provide legal services to individuals who are forming their own sustainable cooperative businesses specifically targeting undocumented immigrant individual that are formerly incarcerated.

 

Equal Justice Workers Fellow, Employment Unit                                                    

Represent domestic workers who are labor trafficking survivors by providing comprehensive relief including back wages and immigration relief; implement and enforce the newly passed domestic worker bill of rights; and coordinate state wide implementation of the new law.

Harvard Transactional Law Clinic, Community Enterprise Project

Cooperative Tax Consultant                                                                                      

Legal consultant for Harvard Law school students on cooperative tax law, review and contribute to the Community Enterprise Project’s manuals on immigrant entrepreneurs and cooperative business entities.

 

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Statehouse Advocate for the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Legislation                         

Coordinate meetings between the legislators and community members; brief the committee members and research staff of Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce; plan and implement a series of regional and local in- district meeting with targeted legislators; develop a team of domestic worker leaders to meet with their legislators; provide legal expertise on the proposed legislation; and guide the legislation to passage.

 

State Coordinator for Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers  
Coordinate and help to build a grassroots movement to support the passage of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights legislation by organizing workers,  employers, labor leaders, faith groups and immigrant organizations. 

Brazilian Immigrant Center

Director of Legal Services /Director of Domestic Worker Law and Policy Clinic 

Create a legal clinic that dedicated to representing low wage domestic workers (nannies, house cleaners, personal care attendants)  in wage theft and discrimination cases; organize actions and campaigns around domestic worker cases; create, coordinate, organize, and maintain the legal manual and mediation project for domestic workers and their employers.  Coordinate legal services for immigrant workers dealing with criminal, housing and contract disputes and supervise law student interns.

Judicial Clerkships

Massachusetts Appeals Court - 2010-2011

Law Clerk for Justice R. Marc Kantrowitz

Massachusetts Superior Court - 2006-2007

Law Clerk to the Justices

Education

Boston University School of Law, LLM in Taxation, 2015

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2006

Marymount College of Fordham University, B.A. Legal Policy Studies & Political Science, 2003 
Summa Cum Laude

Awards

Super Lawyer 2016 for Women in the Law

2015 Bostonian of the Year, Honorable Mention, Boston Globe

Super Lawyer 2015 for Legal Services

Center for Global Workers' Rights Speakers Series Featured Speaker 2015-2016

The National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune, Boston Rising Star (2015)

Sustainable Economies Law Center Fellow 2015

Excellence in Law: Up and Coming Lawyer May 2014

Community Dispute Settlement Center, Community Peacemaker of 2013     

Professional Associations

United Auto Workers Local 2320, Member

Boston Bar Association, Subcommittee on Human Trafficking

Women’s Bar Association, Rosa Parks Committee Co-Chair

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Harvard Law School, Board of Advisors to Systemic Justice Project

Languages

Brazilian Portuguese Advanced

German Intermediate

Spanish Intermediate

For additional information on Lydia Edwards, please take a look at this Boston Globe article from 2015: "Lydia Edwards: The Lawyer with the Heart of an Activist"

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