Eden Forsythe, Executive Director

Eden Forsythe was appointed Executive Director for Civil Justice in August 2018, following almost seven years as a senior legislative counsel at the United States House of Representatives where she oversaw a wide range of policy issues affecting the working poor, including access to justice, sentencing reform, drug abuse prevention, immigration, consumer protection, and housing.    During her tenure at the United States Congress, Eden led successful efforts to increase funding for the largest nationwide youth drug-prevention program and several initiatives to keep immigrant families together.   Eden began her career as a deputy district attorney in California, where she tried a wide range of criminal cases.  She holds her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of the Pacific, and was the 2008-2009 Yale-in-China law fellow.  In 2016,  she was nominated by her peers for the Best Under 40 Award by the Washington D.C. chapter of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Carrie McCully, Deputy Director

Carrie McCully is the Deputy Director of Civil Justice, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of Civil Justice and its referral network.  A longtime and dedicated advocate for the working poor in Maryland, Carrie was instrumental in creating the Foreclosure Brief Legal Advice project, which helped hundreds of homeowners obtain timely and affordable legal advice from foreclosure defense attorneys with no income restrictions.  She also managed the low bono foreclosure mediation representation program and the Of Counsel program.  Prior to joining Civil Justice, Carrie worked for four years as a senior mortgage processor, and continues to speak at conferences for housing counselors about the many challenges faced by the working poor.  She graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.A. in Journalism. 

Alexa Bertinelli, Senior Staff Attorney

Alexa Bertinelli joined Civil Justice in February 2018, where she oversees the Economic Justice Project and leads Civil Justice’s in-house consumer litigation. Alexa handles both individual and class cases that challenge a variety of abusive business practices, including wrongful evictions and auto-fraud. Prior to joining Civil Justice, Alexa worked as a staff attorney for Maryland Legal Aid for nearly six years. Her work at Legal Aid focused primarily on housing and consumer law matters. Alexa has been recognized for her advocacy on behalf of low income Marylanders. In 2016, she was honored with the Diane Kinslow Award by the Maryland Legal Aid an in 2017, she received The Daily Record’s Leading Women Award. Outside of work, Alexa engages in a number of professional activities in support her community. Alexa serves on the board of the Neighborhood Design Center. In addition, Alexa is the current president of the LGBTQ Bar of Maryland and is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association, serving on the Editorial Advisory Board, Leadership Academy Committee, and Delivery of Legal Services Section Council. Alexa received her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2011 and her B.A. from the University of Arizona in 2006.

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