Genevieve (Genzie) Bonadies TorresSenior Counsel
Genevieve (“Genzie”) Bonadies Torres serves as Senior Counsel for the Educational Opportunities Project. Genzie supports the team’s litigation docket and Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) which, together, seek to provide historically marginalized communities equal access to a quality education through immediate interventions and systemic reform. Her litigation work includes matters enforcing desegregation in higher education, defending race conscious admissions policies, challenging discriminatory practices in K-12 schools, and combatting the predatory practices of for-profit colleges and companies collecting student loan debt.
Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Genzie served as an attorney at Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, California as a Public Service Venture Fund and Fine Fellow. As part of her Fellowship, Genzie worked within Centro Legal’s housing and employment programs to provide direct legal services to low-income, monolingual Spanish speaker. Additionally, she staffed Centro Legal’s ongoing legal clinics and co-developed new partnerships to expand Centro Legal’s outreach to the Oakland community, including the Oakland Day Laborer Outreach Project and school-legal partnerships with Oakland public schools.
Genzie received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, during which time she worked as a student attorney with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) where she co-led HLAB’s Eviction Clinic and the Wage and Hour practice. She also worked with the Harvard Immigration Project to develop Know Your Rights workshops for Boston’s immigrant community. Prior to law school, Genzie served as a sixth-grade teacher in Phoenix, Arizona where she taught both special education inclusion and gifted cohorts. She earned her B.A. from Harvard University where she pursued a joint concentration in History & Literature and Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality. She is licensed to practice law in California.