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

Innovation & Collaboration

Three Maryland family law attorneys reflect on 112 combined years of practice

When Linda Ravdin thinks about her family law work—particularly in pre- and post-marital agreements—it’s not lost on her that, a few decades ago, she’d have to find a different job. “Courts wouldn’t approve such agreements unless you died,” the Pasternak & Fidis lawyer says. “People just didn’t get divorced. Our model of the prenuptial agreement comes from England’s common law. The idea was, ‘If you’re going to marry into the Downton Abbey family, we’re going to …

Reality? Check.

Alisse C. Camazine tells clients the truth—over and over again

Alisse C. Camazine has had a front-row seat to family law for four decades. And amidst all the evolving laws and changing parts of the practice area through the years, the St. Louis attorney says there remains one prevailing disruption: lawyers who refuse to be “agents of reality.” The line that eats at her the most? “Well, you know our job is to do what our client wants to do.” “No,” Camazine says. “Our job is to do what clients want, but we can only do what clients want after …

Worth Fighting For

Oleg Roytman on democracy, civil rights, and Ukraine

“To understand what drew me to the law, you have to understand where I came from,” says Oleg Roytman. Roytman and his parents fled their hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine, in 1980 when opportunities seemed to dry up and after increased acts of antisemitism began to terrify his parents. “Jewish people were being discriminated against severely, and the U.S. put pressure on the Russian government to help with the evacuation,” he says. “Thank God we were one of the families.” Roytman’s …

Title 911

Felice Duffy’s Title IX work started with fighting for the right to play

As a teenager in the early 1970s, Felice Duffy was fine with working on a farm, showing her award-winning sheep and operating within the “we’re all equal” worldview she acquired growing up as one of 10 children in Storrs. Even as the town was becoming a hotbed of men’s soccer, Duffy wasn’t interested. “My siblings played,” she says. “I was happy working with my sheep.” Until she got to UConn in 1977. “I was coming over McMahon Hill and looked down and saw the men’s soccer …

Ventura Highway

Adma Moura’s path from au pair to PI attorney

In 2003, an au pair from Itaúna, Brazil, mentioned to her Connecticut host family that she wanted to intern for a law firm. The request was less unusual than the fact that the au pair, Adma Moura, already had a law degree. In Brazil, the law program is a five-year journey that begins immediately after high school. “In America, you can spend undergrad considering law,” Moura says. “In Brazil, you need to know fast.” Moura knew. The daughter of farmers, Moura saw how they, and others, …

Second Acts

James Diamond explores options for restorative justice after mass shootings

After 25 years, James Diamond felt burnt out. A prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney, he says he was “frustrated at the lack of progress to get anything done or reformed in an adversarial system that has only winners and losers—with punishment the ultimate goal.” So in 2012, he shut down his office in Norwalk, moved to Arizona and enrolled in the James E. Rogers College of Law’s Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy doctoral program. “Tribal law and philosophy always fascinated …

Three Buffalo Lawyers Walk Into a Bar …

… and the rest is “weird history”

The whole thing started off simple enough. In 2008, a trio of Buffalo lawyers—V. Christopher Potenza of Hurwitz Fine; Jessica Burgasser of Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba; and Scott Bizub of Law Office of Epstein & Hartford—all found themselves in Golden, Colorado, taking depositions in a case they were working on. “We each represented different defendants in a claim that a plaintiff developed cancer as a result of asbestos exposure,” Potenza says. “We all knew of each other, but at …


Doreen Hartwell has a penchant for pro bono

After an in-home meth lab blew up in Clark County, Nevada, in 1999, a 7-day-old baby was found in the wreckage. The newborn’s mother fled and was never found; the father, who was in the country illegally, was detained by DHS for deportation to Thailand. Eighteen months later, Amy—the name the infant’s foster parents chose—became Doreen Hartwell’s first pro bono client.  “This being one of my first-ever arguments as a lawyer, it was just the greatest feeling to represent that little …

Book 'Em

Jim McManis’ 23,000-title collection

About a block north of McManis Faulkner’s digs in downtown San Jose sits a stucco building with an unassuming black-and-white sign that reads “Democracy Resources.” Curious passersby who peer through the windows might spot a woman typing away on a computer or unboxing and carefully shelving the day’s arrivals. The woman is librarian Barbara Reedy, and she’s hard at work managing business litigator Jim McManis’ personal library.  How many books are in it? “Oh, you’d have to ask …

Zach Zwerdling on that Sweet Humboldt County Sound

He founded Mercury Sky Records for local singer-songwriters

It only took one performance for personal injury lawyer Zach Zwerdling of Eureka's Zwerdling Law to be sold on music, and it was a doozy: The Beatles. The Ed Sullivan Show. 1964. “I fell in love,” says Zwerdling, in eighth grade at the time. Shortly after, he bought his first electric guitar and has been playing ever since.  Eventually, just playing wasn’t enough. “I practice in Humboldt County, and have lived here most of my life,” Zwerdling says. “We have a thriving arts scene …

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