Julian Lutz L’24
A proud Philadelphian, Julian comes from a hardworking, strong, but financially stressed family that had to carefully plan every expense and forgo many luxuries. As he grew up, Julian began to wonder about the causes of our stresses and of the deeper violence, poverty, and chronic systemic inequality that still plague many families in other parts of Philadelphia.
This concern for social justice led him to study political science at Saint Joseph’s University. There, he began to focus on housing as a vital precondition to personal, family, and community success. He honed that focus through a summer at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and after his graduation, began work as a paralegal at Regional Housing Legal Services. He has been proud to assist in Low Income Housing Tax Credit real estate transactions, community benefits agreement negotiations, client outreach with community groups in Philadelphia, and other work related to community economic development.
Julian is enthralled to study public interest law as a Toll Scholar because he believes that every American family deserves a safe and affordable place to live in a strong neighborhood. Penn’s public interest focus, experiential offerings, and interdisciplinary experiences present a huge opportunity; and he plans to take advantage of them to study the latest developments in community economic development and housing. How can the law and public policy process create enough affordable housing for all? What issues and problems stand in the way of low-income and developing neighborhoods? How can lawyers help American families navigate their pressing problems and help more families soar past those problems in the future? These are the questions Julian hopes to answer at Penn.