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Chelsea Edwards L’15

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Chelsea is committed to serving the needs of indigent immigrants and victims of human rights abuses, both in Philadelphia and across the globe. After graduating from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies, Chelsea worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Miriam’s House, a transitional home for women with HIV and their children in Washington, DC, and then as a public housing case manager for families involved in the Philadelphia foster care system. Chelsea eventually concluded that taking time off to pursue a legal education would allow her to serve her clients in the most effective and tenacious way possible.

During her time at Penn Law, Chelsea researched health and human rights issues as a legal intern with Human Rights Watch in New York City. She also provided direct legal services to immigrants in Philadelphia through work with the Nationalities Service Center, Friends of Farmworkers, Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and Penn’s own chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project. After graduating from Penn Law in 2015, she served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Gerald A. McHugh in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is now currently serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Cheryl A. Krause in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and after her clerkship, she plans to pursue a public interest career in service to immigrant clients.