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Emily R. Sutcliffe

Emily R. Sutcliffe is Director of Social Justice Programs. Emily oversees the Penn Law Toll Public Service Corps, which houses the recently expanded Toll Public Interest Scholars Program, and the new Toll Public Interest Fellows Program. She is the architect of service-learning and service-oriented leadership curriculum and training for the entire Penn Law community, including pro bono project leaders, student group leaders, and spring break service trip participants. She also spearheads a series of annual impact awards highlighting the diverse public interest achievements of Penn Law students and alumni.

Additionally, Emily teaches anthropology and group dynamics courses. Emily also designs and delivers training workshops for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and has trained human rights attorneys and activists in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Haiti, and Malaysia.

Emily has an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, where she was recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, an M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, and is nearing completion of her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, also at Penn. Emily’s research examines the intricate imbrications of race, religion, and culture on group formation in American society. 

Prior to joining Penn Law, Emily worked in refugee resettlement at Nationalities Service Center and served as a nonprofit consultant for the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. Emily also lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for three years where she taught English to the Al-Saud and Al-Sudairi royal families.

Emily currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and their son - and a French Bulldog who is on the verge of becoming Instagram famous.