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Greta Wiessner L’19

Greta came to Penn Law to pursue a degree in public interest law, with specific interests in immigration law and criminal justice. She first became interested in systemic injustice as an undergraduate student at Boston College. There she taught early literacy at under-resourced Boston pre-schools as a part of the Jumpstart program. She also traveled to El Salvador and Nicaragua as part of the Arrupe International Immersion Program. After graduating from Boston College in 2013, Greta joined Teach for America and moved to Fort Worth, Texas to teach fifth grade. She taught in the bilingual program, teaching in both English and Spanish. Working in a low income and predominantly immigrant community exposed Greta to the deep inequities that her students and their families faced in accessing education, affordable housing, healthcare, and more. After three years teaching, Greta was inspired to pursue a law degree and use her legal education to serve marginalized communities.

At Penn Law, Greta has fostered her passion for direct client representation. She has served as the Client Services Director of the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP) and is a member of the Penn Law Pardon Project. Greta’s most impactful law school experiences have come through participating in the Child Advocacy Clinic and the Transnational Legal Clinic. She is also a Senior Editor on the Law Review, where her student comment on immigration law, Ineffective Assistance of Padilla, will be published this fall. Greta spent her first 1L summer at Community Legal Services in the Employment Unit and her 2L summer at the Hennepin County Public Defenders in her hometown of Minneapolis, MI. Greta is a lover of dogs, podcasts, and the Philly restaurant scene.