Valerie Snow L’20
Valerie is interested in working in the Philadelphia public interest community, specifically in civil legal services. Before law school, Valerie worked as a paralegal in small law firms. She spent one year focusing on plaintiff-side international human rights litigation and two years working as an immigration paralegal, focusing on employment-based visas and assisting with two affirmative asylum cases. Valerie also volunteered with the ACLU of Pennsylvania.
At Penn Law, Valerie serves on the board of the Criminal Record Expungement Project and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change. In addition, as part of the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, she and her team represented both a child in the foster care system and a child seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. During her first summer, Valerie volunteered inside an immigrant detention facility in Dilley, Texas, where she helped prepare mothers for credible fear asylum interviews. She was also a Legal Intern at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, where she focused on employment discrimination matters. Valerie is excited to intern with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia during her second summer.
Valerie graduated summa cum laude from Haverford College with a B.A. in Political Science and an interdisciplinary concentration in Peace, Justice & Human Rights. Her senior thesis examined comparative constitutional rights to housing, food, and water in South Africa, India, and Colombia. In addition to studying abroad in Mendoza, Argentina, she was grateful to participate in three week-long winter break tours in Mexico, Bangladesh, and Nicaragua where she studied immigration, anti-poverty initiatives, and maternal health and mortality. In her free time, Valerie enjoys traveling, baking, running, crocheting blankets, and playing accordion and classical piano. She is originally from northern New Jersey.