About Amy White

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Amy White is a former senior editor at Super Lawyers having been with the magazine for 17 years. Prior to that, she was a sports columnist and feature writer for a daily newspaper in Pennsylvania. Her freelance work can be found in Delaware Today Magazine, Mainline Today, Brandywine Hunt, Philadelphia Style and Delaware Beach Life. She is an adjunct professor of writing at the University of Delaware, where she graduated with a journalism degree. She also holds an MFA in publishing and creative writing from Rosemont College and has served as line editor on poetry anthologies and works of contemporary fiction. She loves baseball, bikes, books and coffee.

Articles written by Amy White

The Empathy Muscle

Daniel R. Hernandez on making Chicago a more equitable place to live

Daniel R. Hernandez will admit it: “I’m a little tired sometimes.” And why wouldn’t he be? He’s the founder of NextLevel Law, a family boutique in Chicago that operates on an innovative subscription-based model; in 2022 he was appointed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to serve as commissioner for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations; he’s president emeritus of the board of directors of Between Friends, a nonprofit that seeks to end domestic violence in the city; and he serves …

‘If You’re a Bad Cop, I’m Coming for You’

Former police officer Caree Harper reps clients in excessive-force police cases

After two years at San Diego State University, 19-year-old Caree Harper was running out of money; then she saw an ad in the newspaper: Wanted: Female and minority police-officer candidates. Now a civil rights attorney who runs a solo shop in Santa Monica, Harper had begun considering policing when she was working at a 7-Eleven. “I bonded with some of the officers who would come in for coffee at weird hours,” she says. “And in high school, I got a jaywalking ticket but the officer was …

Working For the Struggle

Alesha Brown’s nonprofit supports Black communities

“The lawyer in the red hat.” That’s how Alesha Brown is affectionately known in the neighborhoods near the Beatties Ford Road Corridor, home to the historically Black communities in Charlotte where many seniors live. It’s in this corridor that Brown, a civil rights attorney at Justice in Action Law Center, does the work of the nonprofit For The Struggle, which she founded in 2019. It’s also where Brown lives, a decision she made so she could be close to the people her agency serves …

Communicate, Endure and Live

Tasnima Apol’s journey to beat cancer and open her own firm 

When Tasnima Apol was cutting the cake at her 50th birthday party, she looked around the room at her friends, loved ones, even her opposing counsel in the Maryland family bar (“It’s better for everyone involved when we get along and hang out outside of court,” Apol says) and realized of all the people in attendance, the person least likely to be there was herself. She wasn’t supposed to be. At 34, she was given a death sentence. Apol, whose parents recognized her affinity for advocating …

Divorce Without Marriage

How Miriam Sievers closed a civil-union loophole in state law

Miriam Sievers thought her law degree would be the pathway to policymaking. Instead, she helped make law. Sievers was drawn to LGBTQ+ and reproductive justice issues in a pre-Obergefell Maryland. “Marriage equality was not yet a thing,” she says. “But from an intellectual standpoint, and from watching friends and loved ones whose families were specifically impacted by these types of law, my interests and skills dovetailed nicely within this niche.” While Sievers says part of her …

Choosing the Open Door

St. Louis attorneys tell their stories of immigrating to the U.S.

One arrived in the United States at 3 months old after being orphaned on the streets of Kolkata. Another came at 24 to attend law school for the second time, and two immigrated as children when communist regimes fell in their respective countries. But all have one important thread in common, best captured by estate planning lawyer Savina Keaney: “As an immigrant, you have only yourself to rely on.” These four St. Louis-based attorneys muscled their way through tough circumstances, language …

Restless Woman Searching

Family attorney and novelist Christine Whitehead sees herself in her characters

Have you read Ernest Hemingway’s beloved work A Single Drop of Red Wine? And did you know the novel was largely inspired by a muse in the shape of his daughter, Finley, who was one of America’s groundbreaking women lawyers in the 1950s? Of course not, because neither the book nor Finley exists. But Hartford family lawyer and novelist Christine Whitehead so deftly entranced readers with her novel Hemingway’s Daughter that a few confused fans reached out. “‘I’m having trouble finding …

'You Can Be Anything You Want to Be'

Attorneys tell their stories of immigrating to the U.S.

The four attorneys on these pages arrived in America for different reasons. Two were lawyers who immigrated as adults and had to reorient themselves to U.S. law. Two left their homes with every intention of coming back, but dangerous circumstances forced them to change course. All navigated obstacles—language, employment, acceptance, housing—as they laid their roots here, while remaining romanced by the notion that, in this country, they could do anything. Be anyone. Build something. “We …

Coat of Many Conflicts

And that was just the beginning of the tumult in Rosa Parks’ estate case

Editor's Note: Following a post-publication review, the article “Coat of Many Conflicts” has been …

The Tactician

Family lawyer Michèle Bissada quietly handles the biggest cases

One day last year, after nearly three decades as a high-stakes family attorney in the Bay Area, Michèle Bissada fielded a quizzical call from her father who had just heard from his cousin, an entrepreneur in Paris. “Why have you never told me how famous of a lawyer Michèle is?” her father’s cousin had said. Her father, confused, replied: “I don’t know what you’retalking about.” “What do you mean you don’t know what I’m talking about?” his cousin said. “Have you never …

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