Ava Obrecht L’24
Ava La Placa Obrecht joins Penn Law with an interest in public defense and advocacy on behalf of people who use drugs. She was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended Earlham College, where she received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology. During her time at Earlham College, she was a part of the Bonner Scholarship Program and worked with organizations including Girls Inc., Amigos: the Richmond Latino Center, La Coalición de Derechos Humanos, and Shaping San Francisco. She graduated with a master’s degree in Geography from the University of Arizona in 2021, completing a thesis titled: “The Geographies of Overdose Response: Spaces of Care and Fear in Kensington, Philadelphia.”
After college, she worked as a School-Based Program Coordinator at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in Philadelphia before moving on to work as a Medication-Assisted Treatment Case Manager at Prevention Point Philadelphia. In her time at Prevention Point, she became passionate about advocacy work, which led her to pursue a legal education.
Ava is excited to bring her background in social work and research to public interest lawyering and is passionate about providing zealous and holistic representation to her future clients as a public defender.