Education Yale University, BA U.C. Berkeley School of Law, JD
Clerkships Hon. John T. Noonan (9th Cir.) Hon. Thelton E. Henderson (N.D. Cal.)
Admissions California 1st Cir. 9th Cir.
Amy Barsky joined Fick & Marx after four years as a Research and Writing Attorney at the Federal Public Defender Office in Boston. There, she briefed and argued numerous motions before the U.S. District Court. She was co-counsel in United States v. Ali, which resulted in a swift acquittal on charges of assaulting a federal officer based on a "necessity" defense. She also argued United States v. Kennedy in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, winning a reversal on an important sentencing issue. In addition, Amy worked on litigation arising from the Supreme Court's decision in Johnson v. United States, in which the Federal Public Defender Office secured the release of scores of individuals who had been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.
Prior to working for the Federal Public Defender, Amy was a solo practitioner in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights in Berkeley, California and Boston, Massachusetts. She worked on several civil rights cases with Hon. Nancy Gertner (ret.), retired, now of counsel at Fick & Marx, and John Reinstein, formerly of the Massachusetts ACLU. Between her private practice and her time at the Federal Public Defender Office, Amy has developed expertise in issues of federal court jurisdiction, extraterritoriality, "crimmigration" (the overlap between criminal and immigration law, and extradition. Previously, Amy worked with unaccompanied minors in the immigration, delinquency, and child welfare systems.
Amy received her B.A. cum laude from Yale College, where she was a varsity diver and recipient of awards from the Richter and Mellon Funds for field work in Mexico. She also won the Meeker Prize for fiction writing. Amy earned her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where she was active in the Youth and Education Law Society and received the Jurisprudence Award for Land Use Law. After graduating, she clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.