Sara Lynch L’18
After graduating from Fordham University, Sara joined the 2011 Teach For America Corps in Nashville, Tennessee, where she taught high school Spanish. She then served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Medellin, Colombia, and volunteered with Enseña Por Colombia, a Teach for All affiliate. Sara later explored the intersection of intimate partner violence and the law working as a Family Law Project Assistant with Sanctuary for Families, assisting survivors of domestic violence in obtaining orders of protection, safe custody arrangements, and divorce from abusive partners.
While at Penn Law, Sara has become involved in the Philadelphia public interest community as a volunteer with the Youth Advocacy Project, a group that seeks to promote juvenile justice reform, and the School Discipline Advocacy Service, a group that assists Philadelphia families and students in school disciplinary hearings. She participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic working with youth in dependency proceedings and youth seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. She is also the Director of External Affairs for the American Constitutional Society (ACS), a progressive legal organization dedicated to upholding the values of the U.S. constitution and a General Fundraising Chair for the Equal Justice Foundation (EJF). This past year Sara served as a Wharton Non Profit Board Fellow with Friends of Farmworkers, an organization providing legal advocacy to low-wage immigrant workers. Finally, Sara is the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change (JLASC).
During her 1L summer, Sara worked at the Education Law Center on issues such as fair school funding, equal access to education, and stopping the school-to-prison pipeline. During her 2L fall semester, she worked at the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP), preparing individuals for resentencing hearings following Montgomery v. Louisiana, a Supreme Court decision that gave retroactive effect to a prior decision ruling that a mandatory sentence of juvenile life without parole is unconstitutional. During her 2L summer, Sara will work at the Legal Aid Society in the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project where she will represent youth prosecuted in adult criminal court.
Outside of school, Sara can be found bonding with her residents and fellow graduate assistants at Rodin College house, traveling, or riding her bike around Philadelphia.