Adam Schmelkin

Staff Attorney, Family Practice

Tel (347) 592-2567

Adam joined the BDS Family Defense Practice in September 2016. He received his B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies from Skidmore College in 2012 and his J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2015.

In law school, Adam’s interests in environmental justice led him to a litigation internship at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Craving a direct services experience, Adam spent his final semester as an extern at the New York Legal Assistance Group’s (NYLAG) LGBTQ Law Project, where he represented low income LGBTQ New Yorkers in family offense proceedings and drafted name change petitions for transgender and gender non-conforming clients.

Adam co-organized a Vermont Law Review symposium on social justice and the law, which highlighted transgender rights and criminal justice and prison reform. He also competed on Vermont Law School’s moot court team in the Emory Law School Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition. Adam especially enjoyed teaching legal writing to first-year law students in his role as a Dean’s Fellow.

Before joining BDS, Adam served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Amy O’Connor at the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.