Ty Parks L’24
Ty graduated from Columbia University in 2019 as a Gates Millennium Scholar and is originally from West Philadelphia. While at Columbia, he interned for the Columbia Justice Lab, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and Councilwoman At-Large Helen Gym’s Office.
After graduating, Ty began working at Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP as a civil rights paralegal. The firm primarily represented people that were wrongfully convicted in lawsuits that allege a wide variety of police misconduct against cities and individual police officers. Although his caseload was nationwide, he worked on numerous cases on behalf of clients that were wrongfully convicted because of misconduct committed by the Philadelphia Police Department and their officers. In addition to working on all aspects of the litigation in these cases, Ty worked closely with the firm’s social worker to connect clients to housing, employment, and other necessary resources.
Ty intends to work with low-income, Black communities in Philadelphia to secure quality resources and opportunities. He is specifically interested in working with people that have criminal records to overcome the numerous legal barriers that deny them access to such resources. He hopes that his work will contribute to the larger efforts to abolish the prison-industrial complex and establish new networks of care.
When Ty has free time, he loves to watch movies, spend time with friends, and listen to R&B.