Maureen Abell received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in New York City after earning her B.A. magna cum laude in international relations and German from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. During her time in law school, she served as a legal intern with Equality Now in Kenya to identify and address family law codes that did not comply with countries’ international treaty obligations and also interned with the Brooklyn DA Sex Crimes Bureau. After graduating she went on to work as a fellow for the Global Justice Center in New York City where she focused on gender-based crimes and international human rights law. Before joining CCLA, she served as a family and immigration law attorney for St. Cloud Area Legal Services in Minnesota and STEPS to End Family Violence in New York City. While living in New York, she also volunteered with the City University of New York’s Citizenship Now! Program assisting people seeking citizenship. Abell joined CCLA in July 2014.