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Lisa Margulies L’12

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Lisa’s dedication to public service has carried her across the globe. She began in Manhattan, NY, first as a student at Columbia University and then as a New York City Teaching Fellow.  Following her fellowship, Lisa spent a year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she worked as an intern at the Cambodian Parliament and as a human rights activist. Law school brought her back to the United States, although not permanently; she chose to spend her 1L summer abroad as an intern for the National League of Democracy (Liberated Area) in Thailand.  Lisa spent her second summer stateside, working in New York with Community Legal Services in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

Lisa credits her time teaching in New York City with sparking her desire to attend law school. Her overarching career goal is to provide direct civil legal services, criminal defense, or a combination of the two. While at Penn, Lisa has served as a Shift Manager for Custody and Support Assistance Clinic, is a founding director of the Women’s Legal Assistance Project, and is the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change