Amy Chen is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s Los Angeles offices. Amy’s work focuses on reproductive health and Medicaid issues, both in California and nationally.
Before joining the National Health Law Program, Amy worked at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, California for eight years, where she provided direct legal services to individuals and families across the San Francisco Bay Area, and advocated on a wide range of issues including health care reform, Medi-Cal, Covered California (the California Marketplace), and private health insurance. At BayLegal, Amy worked as a staff attorney for six years in the Alameda County Regional Office. She then went on to help launch the Bay Area Legal Aid Health Consumer Center, where she served as BayLegal’s Regional Coordinator for health work.
During law school, Amy summered at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City and the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco. She was also a clinical volunteer for the Immigration and Asian Outreach Units at Greater Boston Legal Services.
Amy received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she majored in International Relations and wrote an honors thesis on U.S. policy towards Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and immediate aftermath. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Amy used to watch a lot of Star Trek: TNG and briefly tried to learn how to speak Klingon.