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Abby Samuels L’19

Abby Samuels came to law school to be a legal aid lawyer. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. in Delaware where she provided civil legal services to low-income individuals with disabilities. It was through this advocacy that Abby made the decision to attend law school.

At Penn Law, Abby has worked to develop client-centered lawyering skills. She spent a year in the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic representing adolescents in a variety of legal matters, including a custody hearing and dependency proceedings.  During her 1L summer, she worked at Legal Aid Society of New York where she served New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and housing instability. During her 2L summer, she worked at Community Legal Services serving low-income families in Philadelphia through a Medical Legal Partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Abby is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Law and Social Change Volume 22, and Co-Chair of the Criminal Record Expungement Project, a student-run pro bono group. Abby majored in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware. She plans to return to Delaware to continue using the law to advocate for members of her community, while simultaneously working to reform the systems that they must interact with.

In her spare time, Abby enjoys exploring the many art museums and spin classes that Philadelphia has to offer.