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Shabel Castro L’19

Shabel was born and raised in the South Bronx and will be the first in her family to obtain a graduate degree. She received a full-scholarship for her undergraduate studies, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A in Sociology and a B.B.A in Business Administration from the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College, CUNY. While at Lehman College, she worked as a peer mentor for first-generation college students, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Meridian, and was an active member of the alternative spring break program, Lehman L.I.F.E (Leaders Involved For Everyone). Shabel was recognized for all of her efforts and received the William E. Macaulay Honors College Community Service Award and was selected to attend a leadership program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Before graduation, Shabel was honored with the highest leadership award at Lehman College, the Vice President of Student Affairs Award of Excellence.

Upon graduating from college, Shabel worked as a Legal Advocate at Part of the Solution (POTS), a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive and holistic services to community members in crisis. As an advocate, Shabel worked diligently to help restore her clients’ access to public benefits and assisted in preventing housing evictions for numerous families.

At Penn Law, Shabel has been involved with the Public Service Committee, James Wilson Project, PUENTE mentorship program, and most recently was selected to participate in the Wharton Nonprofit Board Fellows Program, which will provide her with the opportunity to serve as a visiting, non-voting board member at a non-profit organization. Shabel will be working with Team Up Philly, an organization dedicated to empowering young girls through sports.  

During her 1L summer, Shabel will be working at the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York, a not-for-profit law firm that represents clients in criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings . She continues to look to forward to earning her J.D, becoming an attorney, and thereafter continuously fighting for a sustainable and just society.