Michael Scherz is Director of the Domestic Violence Project at Lawyers for Children. Michael is responsible for representation of children in custody, visitation, family offense, child protective, matrimonial and related proceedings as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team. Previously, as Senior Litigation Counsel, he was responsible for appeals, stay applications, and other litigation.
Before joining Lawyers for Children, Michael was senior staff attorney and coordinator of training at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). Previously, Michael led the government benefits and special litigation units at New York Legal Assistance Group. He began his career representing children in Family Court with the New York Legal Aid Society (Juvenile Rights).
Michael teaches the Legal Services and Public Interest Externship at Pace Law School. He previously taught an advanced health law seminar at Pace Law School, undergraduate law classes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), and the Cardozo Community Clinic, a clinical externship program affiliated with the Cardozo Law School Bet Tzedek Legal Services clinic.
Michael is active in the New York State and New York City Bar Associations. He is currently a member of the State Bar Committee on Children and the Law and the Committee to Ensure Quality Mandated Representation. He is also a member of the City Bar's Committee on Matrimonial Law. He previously served on the State Bar's Committee on Professional Ethics and the City Bar's Committee on Family Court and Family Law and the Committee on Non-Profit Organizations. Earlier, Michael chaired the State Bar's Special Committee on Social Services.
Michael received his Bachelor's degree from Columbia College (Columbia University) and his J.D. from the City University of New York Law School.