Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Chas Budnick received his J.D. and M.S.W. degrees from the New York University Schools of Law and Social Work in 2009. He graduated from Haverford College in 2002, earning his B.A. in Political Science, with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Chas has been involved in family defense since 2008. As a law student, he participated in the N.Y.U. Family Defense Clinic, and wrote his student note on incarcerated parents and their children. Since graduating, he has worked at the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice, advocating for indigent parents in abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, custody, visitation and family offense proceedings.
During graduate school, Chas interned at the Brooklyn Treatment Court, an alternative-to-incarceration program for nonviolent felony and misdemeanor drug offenders arrested in Brooklyn, N.Y. As an intern, he assessed clients’ clinical needs, and developed and recommended treatment plans for clients. Chas also interned at the Center on Violence and Recovery, where he participated in researching and developing projects to address intimate partner violence. Prior to graduate school, Chas worked as a research assistant for syndicated columnist Richard Reeves, and as a Governance Studies Intern at the Brookings Institution.
Chas was born in Charlotte, NC and raised in New Haven, CT.