Kristen Marino is a third-year law student from Long Island, New York. She earned her BA, with highest distinction and highest honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kristen double majored in media and journalism, specializing in public relations, and psychology. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Kristen also completed a senior honors thesis, entitled Crisis Communication, Potential Liability, and Activism in the Age of Social Media: A Case Study of The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, and the #MeToo Movement. Her research explored the intersection of crisis mitigation and legal concerns.
Before attending law school, Kristen worked in corporate communications at Weber Shandwick, a public relations firm in New York. She served primarily clients in the professional and financial services industries. She also taught ESL online to children approximately aged 3-16 as an independent contractor for VIPKid.
After her first year in law school, Kristen interned for the Honorable Karen L. Valihura of the Delaware Supreme Court. During her second summer, she was a Summer Associate in the litigation practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Upon graduating from law school, Kristen will be clerking on the Fifth Circuit for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham.
Kristen serves on the board of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review as the Media Editor. She runs the Law Review’s podcast, See generally, and interviews law professors about their recent scholarship and academic careers. She also serves as a Managing Advocate for the Penn Law Employment Advocacy Project, a pro bono group that represents clients who are denied unemployment benefits.
Ultimately, Kristen hopes to pursue an academic career with a focus in criminal law and evidence. She is publishing her Comment, entitled Restoration, Retribution, and Sexual Assault: The Value of Apologies, in Volume 171 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. In her paper, Kristen proposes a new evidentiary rule to exclude apologies from evidence in certain circumstances.