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Allison Perlin L’20

  • 2018 FOTOBUDDY

Allison Perlin advocates for human rights and accountability on behalf of vulnerable communities. Prior to law school, served as the Theodore W. Zillman Fellow at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, Allison ensured accountability for genocide by working at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. There she focused on addressing violent crimes disproportionately perpetrated based on religion, ethnicity, and gender.

Originally from Kildeer, Illinois, Allison received her B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of Wisconsin. She created and piloted the International Human Rights major while also majoring in Political Science and minoring in Modern Dance. Her honors thesis analyzed peacebuilding after genocide. While in Wisconsin, Allison organized mental health advocacy in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the University Health System that focused on the interaction between chronic mental illness and incarceration. While studying at the University of Cape Town Allison’s field work included advising refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa on their rights.. Allison also worked with Dignity—the Danish Institute Against Torture and the Center for American Progress.

At Penn Law, Allison serves as Co-President of the American Constitution Society (ACS), Project Director of the War Crimes Litigation Project for the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA), and Litigation Coordinator for the Criminal Records Expungement Project (C-REP). She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. During her 1L year she served as a Perry World House Graduate Associate. During her 1L summer, Allison worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as a Leo Model Fellow focusing on criminal litigation. As a student legal representative in the Transnational Legal Clinic, Allison currently advocates on behalf of clients in asylum and immigration proceedings. She is dedicated to using her law degree and field experience to continue addressing injustices in the United States and globally.