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Rekha Nair L’12

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Rekha’s dedication to public service began well before joining our community at Penn Law.  After graduating from Arizona State University, Rekha devoted the next three years to teaching math and science to middle and high school students. She spent her first two years in the Bronx as a Teach for America corps member. While in New York, she also earned a Masters of Science in Teaching in Adolescent Education from Pace University.  Rekha spent a third year teaching in the Dominican Republic. Once at Penn Law, Rekha immersed herself in several of the student-run pro bono projects. She co-founded  the Youth Courts Project and served on the boards of the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project and the Custody and Support Assistance clinic. She has proven herself to be an indispensable member of the PI community here at Penn.

Her involvement with PLIRP and summers spent with the Transnational Legal Clinic and as a criminal defender practice intern with The Bronx Defenders speaks to her ultimate goal to be a “crimmigation” attorney. Rekha plans to build a career as an attorney who “focuses on providing immigration advice to non-citizens with pending criminal charges and/or on filing for immigration relief for individuals who have committed crimes which render them deportable.”

When asked why she has devoted herself to public interest work, Rekha replies,“ I think I have always felt so unjustifiably lucky and I thought if I can’t necessarily change the inequity in the entire system which gives me my privilege, I should at least work to pay my privilege and luck forward.”