Areas of Expertise

Criminal Records and Employment


A 2013 graduate of Harvard Law School and a former Ford Foundation fellow, Beth Avery has worked as a staff attorney in NELP’s California office since 2015.

Beth’s work focuses on NELP’s fair-chance hiring initiatives, including support for ban-the-box policies and reforms that reduce barriers to occupational licensing for people with arrest and conviction records. Those efforts also include educating healthcare employers about opportunities for hiring workers with records.

Her background includes clerkships for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Supreme Court of New Jersey, as well as several internships with civil and workers’ rights organizations while in law school. Prior to law school, she spent two years performing team-based national and community service with AmeriCorps NCCC.

In her final year at Harvard, Beth was executive editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the official journal of the American Constitution Society.


J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., The College of New Jersey


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