Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Masha joined the Family Defense Practice of Brooklyn Defender Services in August 2014. She received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law, where she participated in the Economic Justice Project and the Employment and Labor Law Docket of the Community and Economic Development Clinic. Her 1L internship at Brooklyn Family Defense Project was an incredible and transformative experience which led her to seek a career in family defense. During her 2L summer, she interned at Lawyers for Children in Manhattan.
Masha’s first career was in public education. For five years, she taught American and Global History to students with disabilities at Edward R. Murrow High School, a large public high school in Brooklyn. She received her Master’s in Special Education from Brooklyn College and her B.A. in History from SUNY New Paltz.
Masha is originally from the former Soviet Union and speaks fluent Russian – she was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and at the age of 6, fled with her family to Slaviansk, Ukraine. At the age of 9, Masha immigrated to Brooklyn. She is proud to be a (mostly) life-long Brooklynite and to serve the Brooklyn community in her job as a staff attorney at BDS.