Biography

Betsy Tsai is the Director of the Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) at Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services. CAP is a volunteer-based program that trains law students and law firm summer associates to assist victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection in Family Court. Betsy provides legal representation for domestic violence victims in family law matters, including family offense, custody, visitation, child and spousal support, and matrimonial cases. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing to foreign lawyers in the LL.M. program.

Betsy graduated from Harvard College in 1992 with a degree in Biology and from Columbia University in 1997 with an M.S. in social work. As a social worker, Betsy worked for the Criminal Court of the City of New York on designing and implementing programs relating to specialized domestic violence courts. She graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 2001 where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and an editor of the Fordham Law Review. She spent a year as a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP before clerking for the Honorable Denny Chin in the Southern District of New York from 2002-03. She then spent three more years at Patterson as a litigation associate from 2003-06 before joining Sanctuary.

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