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Lisa Margulies L’12

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Lisa is an Associate at the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice, where she helps state governments examine their statutes and practices to develop evidence-based policies to improve their criminal justice systems. From 2013 to 2015, Lisa served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she represented low-income clients facing criminal charges in state court matters, including felony and misdemeanor trials, probation and parole hearings, and juvenile court hearings. Before becoming an attorney, Lisa taught mathematics in New York City Public Schools as a New York City Teaching Fellow for three years and worked in the field of human rights in Cambodia. During law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa founded the Women’s Re-entry Legal Services project to provide services to women with criminal convictions. She now works with law students as a supervising attorney for that project.


Lisa was recently named to “Who’s Next in the Law” by as one of 18 attorneys aged 40 or under making a difference in the Philadelphia legal community. She also received the 2015 F. Sean Peretta Service Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, as well as the 2015 Brandeis Law Society Young Lawyer Public Service Award for her commitment to public service and future promise.


Lisa holds a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds an M.S. in Mathematics Education from City College, City University of New York, and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Toll Public Interest Scholar. Lisa is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.