Amelia Davis is a passionate community builder with domestic and international experience in Customer Service, Marketing, Sales, and Account Management. Throughout her 2+ years at General Assembly, she has proven her aptitude for Public Speaking, Marketing, Community Development, and Event Planning. Now as the Partnership Manager at GA, she is focusing on local workforce development and looking to further build relationships within the tech industry.
Follow her on Twitter @amelia__davis.
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Nora Benavidez is a litigator who specializes in civil rights and criminal defense, from consultations through appeals. She has successfully won every criminal case and appeal she has taken on. From advocating for clients facing misdemeanor or felony charges to defending against constitutional violations that individuals may face, Nora Benavidez is a tireless and zealous believer in equal rights for all and she has developed a practice to help provide broader access to justice for her clients.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Nora draws on years of previous legal experience. Most recently, Nora worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, where she managed the office’s constitutional litigation and legal caseload. While at the ACLU of Georgia, she also supported the office's legislative advocacy program, working with partner coalitions, organizations and elected officials on issues related to the ACLU civil rights and liberties agenda, such as criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive freedom, juvenile justice in schools, and privacy/freedom of speech rights.
Nora has also worked with the Georgia Office of the Attorney General, where she helped prosecute white collar and public official crimes in the Special Prosecutions Unit. She investigated bankruptcy cases as a clerk with the Department of Justice’s Office of the U.S. Trustee. Beyond Georgia, Nora worked in 2012 on the California Supreme Court precedent-setting People v. Caballero: through her criminal appellate work with the Law Offices of Kosnett & Durchfort, she helped effectively set California state precedent that further protected the rights of juveniles regarding their criminal sentences.
Nora Benavidez introduces moderator Peter Canfield (center) while panelists Nsenga Burton (left) and Rohit Malhotra (right) look on.
Nora is passionate about community involvement. She teaches civil rights law courses as an entrepreneur guest professor at The New School. She has been a speaker on civil and human rights issues before various audiences. She was recently awarded as a recipient of LEAD Atlanta. She serves as a Board Member for the local nonprofit Athena’s Warehouse, which empowers underserved high school girls around the metro Atlanta area to graduate high school. She serves as the Vice Chair for Diversity with the American Constitution Society Georgia Chapter. She serves as the Pro Bono Chair for the National Lawyers Guild Georgia Chapter. She also sits on the Emory Law Young Alumni Planning Committee as well as New York University's Young Alumni Leadership Committee. Lastly, Nora is an active member of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.
Nora attended Emory University School of Law and was, upon graduation, committed to staying in Atlanta to serve the civil rights and criminal justice communities. While in law school, she studied constitutional litigation, criminal law and white collar crime, as well as international human rights law. Nora received the Dean's Public Service Award for her commitment to public interest and representation, as well as the Pro Bono Service Medal for her advocacy work throughout law school.
Before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University School of Law, Nora attended New York University’s Gallatin School where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political theory and international development. She worked for several years in New York City, on international human rights issues as an intern with Human Rights First, as well as public engagement and education reform efforts with Public Agenda. Nora grew up in Los Angeles, California.
Follow her on Twitter @AttorneyNora.
Fake News & Political Persuasion presented by the American Constitution Society Georgia Lawyer Chapter, and General Assembly; co-sponsored by the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and Jones Day; and held at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Amelia Davis welcomes everyone to General Assembly while moderator Peter Canfield (right) waits in the wings and panelist Nsenga Burton (left) shoots the screen.
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