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Hannah Stommel L’23

Hannah Stommel L’23

Born and raised in San Francisco, Hannah received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, she worked for three years at Johns Hopkins University helping research the intersection between liberal democracy and higher education.

Hannah wants to help transform the treatment and legal representation of children in the criminal justice system. Her interest in law and challenging inequities in the legal system took shape in college as part of a student group committed to increasing campus dialogue about mass incarceration and as the first undergraduate selected to participate in the Policy Advocacy Clinic at Berkeley Law, where she and a team of law and public policy students researched the relationship between business improvement districts and the enactment and enforcement of anti-homeless laws in California.

At Penn, Hannah serves on the boards of the Youth Advocacy Project and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change. She spent her 1L summer at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, where she worked closely with Assistant United States Attorneys on a variety of civil and criminal cases.