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Rachel Neckes L’21

Rachel comes to Penn Law from Needham, Massachusetts eager to pursue a career advocating for clients impacted by systems of incarceration. While studying philosophy and film studies at Bates College, Rachel volunteered with and supervised the local Big Brother Big Sister program which served a predominantly Somalian refugee community. In the summers, she interned for Jewish non-profits focused on emergency financial assistance and anti-poverty work in Boston. 

After college, Rachel worked in fundraising at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) in Boston, cultivating a cohort of female donors and lobbying the community to support critical programs including the Anti-Poverty Initiative and the CJP Legal Aid Fund for Immigrants. She volunteered with the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition where she assisted a family living in sanctuary, and the Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network where she helped individuals through the immigration hearings of their detained loved ones. Rachel’s volunteer experiences and anti-poverty work inspired her to pursue law school and more directly advocate for indigent clients affected by incarceration and detention, in both the immigration and criminal justice contexts. 

At Penn Law Rachel is a client services director for the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project and a litigation coordinator for the Criminal Record Expungement Clinic. She spent her 1L summer working for the PAIR (Political Asylum Immigration Representation) Project in Boston, assisting detained immigrants in bond, parole, and asylum cases. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking, playing word games, and Zumba.