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Emily R. Sutcliffe

Emily R. Sutcliffe

Emily R. Sutcliffe is Assistant Dean for Public Interest at Penn Carey Law & Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC).

Emily has led the law school’s efforts to create and greatly expand the Toll Public Interest Scholars and Fellows programs. Steward of the oldest and largest pro bono requirement in the nation, she works to ensure that Penn Carey Law’s ethos of service and commitment to pro bono not only remain vibrant and attuned to the modern realities of injustice, but that all PCL graduates feel inspired and empowered to utilize their law degrees, regardless of what sector they pursue, to advance the public good.

Emily earned her PhD from Penn. She regularly researches, writes, and speaks on matters of race, social class, religion, and belonging in the United States. She teaches courses at the Law School and at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. As an extension of her work in TPIC, Emily has served as a content area expert for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and has led trainings in Malaysia, Zambia, and Burkina Faso. She is a founding member of Wynford Institute, which delivers socially impactful leadership and group dynamics courses in the USA, India, Nigeria, and Australia. She sits on several nonprofit boards in Philadelphia and was a founding board member of the Youth Sentencing and Re-Entry Project (YSRP).

Emily lives with her husband and their three children in New Jersey.