Brenda Wylie joined Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. in the spring of 2016. She graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin, with honors, where she majored in Political Science, and Dance. She earned her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington DC. While in law school, Brenda was incredibly active as the President of the African Justice Initiative, and a member the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society, the Journal for Gender, Social Policy & the Law, the Equal Justice Foundation, and Social Justice Alliance. Brenda also has a Master’s in Teaching from Pace University, in New York City, that she earned from her time as a Teach for America Corps Member.
Brenda focused heavily on international human rights in her studies and has lived in four countries on three continents. She worked for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights as a teaching fellow in the Maya Angelou Charter School inside the New Beginnings Youth Development Center teaching a human rights curriculum to young adults detained in Maryland. She worked in policy as a legal intern with the Department of Education, Office of General Counsel; and she spent a holiday break volunteering for the Southern Poverty Law Center, in New Orleans, while in law school. She developed a passion for immigration law after working with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center on the border in El Paso, Texas, an experience that brought her back to El Paso working for Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. in all areas of immigration.
Brenda’s experience in advocacy extends to international human rights courts and entities as well. She visited the International Criminal Court, in the Hague, during her time in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she completed a program in the Politics of the European Union. She completed a comparative law analysis of family and juvenile court systems during her time volunteering for a human rights organization in Accra, Ghana, and she filed an amicus brief, with others, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington DC on behalf of a disability rights clinic in Columbia while part of American University, Washington College of Law’s Impact Litigation Project. She has also represented clients in bankruptcy and family court as a student attorney for the Civil Litigation Clinic.
Brenda was admitted to the New York bar in 2016, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Bar Association, and American Bar Association.