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Anya Perret L’19

Anya is committed to social justice lawyering. Originally from a small island in the Pacific Northwest, Anya earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.Ed. from Hunter College at the City University of New York.  She began her career in as a medical foster care caseworker at the Children’s Aid Society in New York City. Anya then spent two years developing and teaching early education and parent-child programs at the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in the Bronx, NY and two years as a Child Protective Services Investigator in Seattle, WA. Anya’s insight into the degree to which the legal, social service and healthcare systems fail to meet the needs of vulnerable families drives her commitment to social justice. She hopes to use her degree to help fight for more humane, ethical responses to mental illness, substance abuse, systemic racism, and generational poverty.  

At Penn Law, Anya is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change and chairs Penn’s Chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She is also the student Executive Director of the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic at Philadelphia Legal Assistance. During her 1L and 2L summers, Anya interned at Columbia Legal Services, the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project, and the Washington State Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit.