Michael Athy joined the Law Center in 2021 as a staff attorney and focuses his practice on issues pertaining to people with disabilities, such as special education and access to healthcare.
Prior to joining the Law Center, Mr. Athy was a staff attorney with Advocates for Children in New York City, where he focused on special education law, advocating for families of children with disabilities and representing them in administrative hearings. Before joining Advocates for Children, Mr. Athy was a litigation associate at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP for four years, working on complex litigation while maintaining an active pro bono practice. Prior to law school, Mr. Athy, who grew up in Philadelphia, served as a Civic Engagement Coordinator with Philadelphia’s chapter of City Year and worked for the School District of Philadelphia as a Juvenile Justice Student Manager, where he created individualized plans to help youth in the criminal justice system obtain high school diplomas and complete job readiness training.
Mr. Athy earned a J.D. in 2015 from Harvard Law School, where he was a student attorney for the Prison Legal Assistance Project and a member of the Black Law Students Association’s political action committee. He graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Political Science and completed a term as a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea from 2008 to 2010.