Andrew Bookbinder L’24
Andrew grew up in a Foreign Service family, spending about half of his life in different regions of East Asia until beginning college in the United States. He is a passionate advocate for historically underserved groups and communities and is dedicated to addressing social justice issues on the systemic level.
He attended the College of William and Mary as an undergraduate where he majored in Government and focused on issues of human rights and criminal justice reform. As a member of the Undergraduate Student Conduct Council, he argued for expanded protections for students accused of misconduct and greater independence for the Conduct Council from the school administration. As a chair of the Refugee Committee with the William and Mary chapter of Amnesty International, Andrew founded the semi-annual Rise for Refugee week, dedicated to raising funds and awareness to address the international refugee crisis. Additionally, as member of the Asian American Student Initiative, Andrew helped successfully lobby for the creation of an Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies major and minor at William and Mary.
Professionally, Andrew learned what high quality and zealous legal representation looks like as an intern investigator with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He spent time in both the Felony and Civil divisions, supporting attorneys on cases ranging from first degree murder to child custody and landlord tenant issues. Prior to beginning law school, he worked as a casework supervisor and disaster responder with the American Red Cross in Los Angeles for two years, serving as a housing advocate for individuals and families impacted by disasters. Witnessing the housing crisis in Los Angeles and the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the community reaffirmed Andrew’s commitment to finding large scale legal solutions to the host of issues that plague indigent clients on both the criminal and civil levels.