Emma Morgenstern L’19
I have been so happy to be included in the Toll family – not just my Toll Scholar family, who are the best and most supportive Toll uncles/moms I could ask for, but also my scholar class as well. It’s been amazing to have these people at my back throughout this experience, to commiserate, make me laugh, and make me feel inspired on a regular basis. The program office itself has been so supportive as well, receptive to our ideas and so responsive to our particular needs and questions. Even just having these faces in the hallway to offer a few words of support between classes has been a gamechanger on some days!
Emma is currently an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow working at Volunteers of Legal Service, a non-profit in New York City, providing free immigration legal services. At Penn Law, Emma worked to gain skills in migration law while focusing on issues of gender and systemic inequality. She was a student legal representative in the Transnational Legal Clinic, representing clients working to gain status in the United States. She also served as Executive Editor on the Journal of Law and Social Change, Co-Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, a board member of Penn Law Palestine Solidarity, and Co-Chair of Penn’s National Lawyers Guild chapter. She spent her summers working with Reprieve, a legal NGO in London, UK, and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) in Portland, Maine.
Prior to attending Penn Law, Emma graduated from Tufts University with majors in International Relations and French. She then earned a master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, writing a dissertation focused on the employment of human rights and feminist rhetoric in women’s NGOs in Palestine and Israel. Emma also worked as an immigration paralegal, spent time in Ramallah, Palestine where she helped craft the gender advocacy strategy for Sharek Youth Forum, a local NGO, and worked with ILAP in Maine. Emma remains passionate about providing high quality free legal services to those in need while staying alert to and advocating for the demise of systemic inequality and oppression.