Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
The oldest of four siblings from a small town in western Michigan, Aminie Woolworth is a staff attorney and Brooklyn resident. To combine her love of writing, people and problem solving, she attended the College of Journalism at Central Michigan University.
Aminie received her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she earned various honors, awards and scholarships including: a Ford Motor Company Scholarship, a Thomas P. Thornton Scholarship, a Federal Income Taxation Award, and a Sir Emily George Fellowship.
To continue her passion for journalism, Aminie pursued a spot on the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review and Newspaper. As a law review member, she was awarded the Jason M. Long Law Review Source Checker of the Year Award for excellence in editing and researching. As a law review Title Editor she received a University of Detroit Mercy Law Review Scholarship. After writing as a columnist for the law school newspaper, In Brief, she served as the Executive Editor and earned a scholarship. Her publications include articles in The Detroit Legal News, In Brief, and The Docket as well as, The Good Faith Exception: “What is it Good For?” The Michigan Supreme Court Overturns Twenty Years of Precedent Holding it Was Worth “Absolutely Nothing!” 83 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 441.
As a Moot Court member, Aminie competed in two competitions. She won the Detroit Professional Responsibility Oral Advocate Appellate Tournament, the Detroit Professional Responsibility Legal Brief Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Ernie Goodman Civil Rights Mock Trial Tournament. Additionally, Aminie was inducted into the Order of Barristers, a national moot court honor society, in 2006.
As a member of the Chapter Eleven American Inns of Court program Aminie had the honor of working with a diverse group of judges and attorneys to perfect advocacy skills and professionalism in the Detroit legal community. She was the Class of 2006 Secretary and Treasurer, member of the Immigration Law Clinic and a Westlaw representative; her legal education culminated in valedictorian.
Aminie then left Detroit and received her Criminal Law LL.M. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was an Opinion columnist and Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition judge before graduating summa cum laude.
Before falling in love with Brooklyn Defender Services, Aminie funded her education as a restaurant/bar manager, night-shift janitor and loan graduate assistant. She clerked for Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Criminal Court Judge Vera Massey Jones, Courtroom Handbook on Michigan Criminal Procedure author Alan Saltzman, the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office and for the leading Michigan law firm, Butzel-Long, as well as spending a year with the Western District of New York Federal Defender Office. Aminie is admitted in both Michigan and New York.
Above all, Aminie credits her amazing parents in giving her the compassion to help improve the lives of others and stay true to her convictions that people come before money, time-lines and victories.