Lecturer in Law
Amy Carroll is a Deputy Director with the Center for Popular Democracy (“CPD”), overseeing CPD’s Economic Justice policy and organizing-support work. CPD supports community-driven public policy advocacy by providing technical, policy, and legal support to community-based organizations across the country.
Prior to helping found CPD in April 2012, Amy worked for more than four years with Make the Road New York (“MRNY”), CPD’s sister organization. With a membership of over 10,000 low-income, primarily immigrant New Yorkers and four community centers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island, MRNY is the largest community-led organization in New York State. Amy served as MRNY’s Legal Director, managing the eleven-person legal team which handles the range of civil legal issues facing low-income New Yorkers, including employment, housing, immigration, disability, health access, and civil rights issues.
In addition to litigating employment and housing cases, Amy worked extensively on key policy campaigns at MRNY. She was the primary drafter of New York State's Wage Theft Prevention Act, a comprehensive overhaul of New York’s minimum wage and overtime laws which took effect in April 2011, after a record-setting nine-month campaign. She also worked on campaigns to pass paid sick leave legislation, regulate “big box” retailers, improve the operation of the state agencies (including the Department of Labor and the state agency that enforcements rent stabilization laws), and to expand funding for legal services for the working poor. Prior to MRNY, Amy clerked for Judge Raymond J. Dearie in the Eastern District of New York and worked as an Equal Justice America Fellow with the Workplace Justice Project at MFY Legal Services.
Amy is a graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of Michigan Residential College.