Chayla Sherrod is a rising 2L who was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Chayla attended Villanova University, where she graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science in 2018. While at Villanova, Chayla was the president of the Black Pre-Law Students Association, a member of the university’s academic reform committee, and a tour guide.
Prior to law school, Chayla spent a year in Windhoek, Namibia as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting a study on communal conservation and environmental justice. Chayla had the privilege of working with the University of Namibia and the World Wildlife Fund of Namibia. During her time in abroad, she also volunteered as an environmental educator at a primary school where she taught earth science.
At Penn Law, Chayla is the Professionalism & Academic Co-Chair for the Black Law Students Association, the Director of Cross Disciplinary Engagement for the Environmental Law Project and is a member of the Office of Equity & Inclusion Student Advisory Board. This summer Chayla worked for White & Case LLP as a Summer Associate in the New York City office.
In her free time, she enjoys singing, cooking vegetarian meals, listening to podcasts, and spending time in nature. She looks forward to meeting Penn Law’s incoming class!