Margaret Hu L’23
Margaret wishes to use public interest law to support social movements and directly serve disempowered communities. They came to this realization while working in the Wilmington public defender’s office as one of Partners for Justice’s pilot class of advocates. There, they supported low-income clients by connecting them with civil legal partnerships, completing government benefits applications, and compiling mitigation packages. While in Delaware, Margaret also helped found and lead the Delaware Campaign to End Debtor’s Prisons, a grassroots effort advocating for statewide court fines and fees reform. Both of these experiences fostered a passion for law and service, as they worked closely with legal service providers, community activists, and legislators.
Prior to living in Wilmington, Margaret graduated from Brown University with dual degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Visual Arts. There, they worked in a social & affective neuroscience lab, researching how psychological perceptions of fairness can be influenced and manipulated. These studies catalyzed their desire to pursue a path involving both direct service and intellectual inquiry, leading them to law school. While at Brown, Margaret also developed community arts and youth programming, and managed teams for the Brown Daily Herald and WBRU radio station.
Margaret spent their 1L summer working for the Abolitionist Law Center and is continuing to volunteer there this fall. At Penn, they serve as Co-President of Lambda, Events Co-Chair for the Student Public Interest Network, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change.