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Sara Lynch L’18

Sara received her BA in Latin American and Latino Studies from Fordham University, after which joined the 2011 Teach For America Corps in Nashville, Tennessee, where she taught 10-12th graders Spanish language skills and discovered her passion for advocating for youth and disrupting the criminalization of young people. In 2013, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Medellin, Colombia, and volunteered with a Teach for All affiliate, Enseña Por Colombia, in rural communities along the Northern Colombian border. Sara later explored the intersection of intimate partner violence and the law working with Sanctuary for Families, assisting survivors of domestic violence in family court matters.

At Penn Law, Sara has become active in the Philadelphia public interest community. Sara is honored to be working with two Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) client-partners, who, as children, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and are now preparing for resentencing. Sara is also the co-director of the Youth Advocacy Project (YAP), a group comprised of social work and law students that supports children facing adult criminal charges. Sara directs Penn’s chapter of the School Discipline Advocacy Service (SDAS), a group that assists Philadelphia students and families in school disciplinary hearings. Through the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy clinic, Sara represented four children in dependency proceedings and one child seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. And through the Criminal Defense Clinic, she represents people facing criminal charges in preliminary hearings and municipal court trials. Sara has interned at the Education Law Center in Philadelphia and the Legal Aid Society of New York. She was a Wharton Non-Profit Board Fellow serving as an observing board member for Friends of Farmworkers, and she is the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change (JLASC), leading a weekly seminar on topics related to social justice and the law.