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AMINA R. MERRITT, a native of Hartford, CT, is Founding Attorney of the Merritt Law Clinic, Sacramento, California.  She received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, Amherst, MA  in 1980.  After a one-year fellowship in the Masters’ Program for Public Administration at Fordham University, NY, Ms. Merritt attended the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree in 1984. 


Prior to relocating to Northern California in 1999, Ms. Merritt was a defense litigation associate at Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart (formerly Traver) in Pasadena, CA, then Walsh & Declues, LLP, Encino, CA, where her experience included defense of personal injury (including insurance fraud), excessive force, wrongful termination and discrimination actions.  She represented various public entities in State and Federal Courts, including the County of Los Angeles, several cities, and school districts throughout the state.  Ms. Merritt has held administrative positions as EEO Officer, Stockton USD; and Personnel Director, Fairfield-Suisun USD. 


Ms. Merritt worked as Staff Attorney, Supervising Attorney and Acting Executive Director for Sacramento Child Advocates, Inc. (SCA), a non-profit corporation representing children in Sacramento County Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency Courts.  The Merritt Law Clinic represents children and parents as contract counsel in conflict cases and private counsel in a variety of civil matters.  Ms Merritt has volunteered for years mentoring youth through a variety of youth, civic, religious and political organizations.  She has provided legal workshops to men and women at the Rio Consumnes Correctional Center, Elk Grove, CA.  She holds a variety of professional and political memberships, including the National Association of Counsel for Children and is a Commissioner for the Community Racial Profiling Commission, City of Sacramento.  


Practice areas


  1. Juvenile: 75%
    16 years, 400 cases
  2. Education: 10%
    18 years, 100 cases
  3. Employment & Labor: 10%
    18 years, 70 cases
  4. Administrative Law: 5%
    19 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($150-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Albert Dedecker

    I endorse this lawyer. She works very hard and is one of the best Lawyer's around. I have learned a lot from her.


    Michael Dedecker Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Neil Friedman

    I endorse this lawyer. I was friends with Amina in law school and have seen how committed she is as a lawyer to helping families with juvenile dependency issues reunite and move forward with their lives. This is a very challenging area of the law with somewhat limited rewards. She deserves a great deal of respect for the work she does.


    Michael Friedman Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Merritt Law Clinic

3600 Power Inn Road
Suite B-7
Sacramento, CA, 95826


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Exceptional Woman of ExcellenceSacCulturalHub2009
Ordinary People Doing Extraodinary ThingsMLK 3652008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/Supervising AttorneyThe Merritt Law Clinic2005 - Present
Supervising Attorney/Executive DirectorSacramento Child Advocates, Inc.2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Community Racial Profiling CommissionCommissioner2013 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationPresident, Barristers1993 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Boylan v. BoylanGuardianship granted to Grandparents & Aunt
Bowie v. County of LADefense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles LawyerEliminating Bias in the Legal Profession1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Amherst CollegeHistoryB.A. magna cum laude1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workshop SeriesJuvenile Dependency 2012009
SABC Scholarship DinnerKeynote Speaker2009
Workshop SeriesThe Anatomy of a Juvenile Dependency Case: Dependency 1012008
Rebuilding the Village Through Political ActionKinship Evaluations & Criminal Waivers/Sibling Relationships2005