Alexi Velez

Alexi is a Maida Law Fellow, conducting a yearlong research and advocacy project focused on the criminalization of poverty in New Jersey’s municipal courts. She is exploring the systemic and idiosyncratic court practices that perpetuate poverty, identifying areas for reform, and gathering the stories of those struggling to navigate significant legal and financial obligations despite limited income.

Prior to joining the ACLU-NJ, Alexi was a law clerk to the Honorable George S. Leone of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. During law school, she served as President of Rutgers Law School’s Association for Public Interest Law, working with student leaders, local attorneys, and the surrounding community to organize programming focused on pro bono legal services. She also participated in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, where she advocated on behalf of undocumented minors seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile status. 

Alexi received her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 2015 and her M.A. in cultural anthropology from Florida Atlantic University in 2012.

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