Senior Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Laura Matthews-Jolly represents parents in the Family Defense Practice. Prior to joining Brooklyn Defender Services, Laura was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and staff attorney at the City Bar Justice Center, where she helped create and lead a project to provide comprehensive legal representation to young survivors of human trafficking. Upon graduating from law school, Laura clerked for the Honorable Melvin Gelade in New Jersey Superior Court.
Laura is a graduate of the CUNY School of Law and developed a passion for direct legal services as a student attorney in both the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic and the Economic Justice Project. She served on the CUNY Law Review.
Before law school, Laura earned her B.A. with honors from Vassar College, studied abroad at the University of Havana, Cuba, and worked as a paralegal in the corporate sector for several years. She was a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea for one year after college.