Amairis Peña-Chavez

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: 718.250.5116
Fax: 718.624.5459


Amairis Peña-Chavez is employed by the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence as the Deputy Director of the New York City Family Justice Center in Brooklyn. The Family Justice Center is made up of 20 different partner agencies providing a wide range of services to victims of intimate partner violence. Prior to her City employment, Ms. Peña-Chavez worked for Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, a nonprofit victim advocacy organization, as the Director of the Community Liaison Project. The Community Liaison Project focused on serving immigrant victims of domestic violence and the LGBT community. Clients were provided criminal justice advocacy and direct representation in Family court in matters of Orders of Protection, Custody and Visitation. Clients were also represented in Supreme Court in Matrimonial matters. Ms. Peña-Chavez supervised attorneys and interns and provided trainings to Court personnel, community based organizations and police precincts. She served as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School in 2007-2008. Ms. Peña-Chavez obtained her J.D. from Fordham Law School in May 1998.

Academic Employment

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law

Fordham University School of Law
August 2010-December 2010

Teaching interdisciplinary course to law and social work students in conjunction with Graduate School of Social Work titled: “Domestic Violence: Social Work and the Law.” Also taught this course September 2007-January 2008

Legal Employment Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, New York City Family Justice Center, Brooklyn November 2007- Present

Deputy Director Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, NY, NY January 2007- November 2007
Director of the Community Liaison Project March 2003-December 2006

Co-Director of the Community Liaison Project, April 2002-March 2003

Staff Attorney, Community Liaison Project. Family Resource Center-Child Welfare Agency, Chicago, IL January 1993-June 1995 Adoption Counselor.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS New York State Bar Association Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association Hispanic National Bar Association Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic Violence Fordham University School of Law Minority Mentorship Program

LANGUAGE SKILLS Fluent in Spanish, Basic knowledge of French


Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY Juris Doctorate, May 1998

Legal Internships:

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NY, NY Summer 1997 - Researched and drafted memoranda on case law to be used in high impact litigation in the areas of racial discrimination in education and voting rights.

HIV Law Project, NY, NY Spring 1997 - Interviewed clients, prepared individual files and managed a small caseload for HIV positive individuals.

National Center for Women and Family Law, NY, NY Summer 1996 - Researched legal questions on divorce, domestic violence, custody and child support. Wrote synopses of articles included in the agency’s newsletter.


Co-President of Fordham Law Women Recruitment Chair for the Latin American Law Student Association Student Bar Association Section Representative Battered Women’s Advocacy Project Awards and Fellowships: Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, 1996, 1997, 1998

Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship Recipient 1996, 1997

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI Bachelor of Science, Communicative Disorders, June 1990
Bachelor of Arts, French, June 1990 Behavioral Science minor, June 1990

Seminaire Adventiste Sous Salève, France August 1987- June 1988