Michael Scherz

  • Adjunct Professor
Preston Hall, 404


BA, Columbia University
JD, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law

Michael Scherz is Director of the Domestic Violence Project at Lawyers for Children. Michael is responsible for a collaborative interdisciplinary team representing children in custody, visitation, family offense, child protective, matrimonial and related proceedings. Previously, as Senior Litigation Counsel, he was responsible for appeals, stay applications, and other litigation. 

Before joining Lawyers for Children, Michael was senior staff attorney and coordinator of training at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). Previously, Michael led the government benefits and special litigation units at New York Legal Assistance Group. He began his career representing children in Family Court with the New York Legal Aid Society (Juvenile Rights).

Michael currently teaches the Legal Services/Public Interest/Health Law Externship at Pace. He previously taught an advanced health law seminar, undergraduate law classes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), and the Cardozo Community Clinic, a clinical externship program affiliated with the Cardozo Law School Bet Tzedek Legal Services clinic.  Michael is also on the faculty at the Practicing Law Institute and has taught in the annual Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation program and programming related to intimate partner violence.  

Michael is active in the New York State and New York City Bar Associations.  He has served on City Bar committees relating to matrimonial law, domestic violence, family law, and non-profit organizations, and is currently a member of the Committee on Sex and the Law. He previously served on the State Bar's Committee on Professional Ethics and Children and the Law.  Earlier, Michael chaired the State Bar's Special Committee on Social Services.

Michael received his Bachelor's degree from Columbia College (Columbia University) and his J.D. from the City University of New York Law School.