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Emma Morgenstern L’19

Emma is a less-than-hardy New Englander who hails from southern Maine. After venturing slightly south, she graduated from Tufts University with majors in International Relations and French. She then attended the London School of Economics, obtaining a master’s degree in Human Rights. Her dissertation focused on the employment of human rights and feminist rhetoric in women’s NGOs in Palestine and Israel. Passionate about systemic injustice and working to understand oppressive structures, Emma joined an immigration law firm in Boston as a paralegal, handling employment and family-based consular processing cases. 

Emma then spent time in Ramallah, Palestine, helping to craft the gender advocacy strategy for Sharek Youth Forum, a local NGO. Since returning from the West Bank, she has been working with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland, Maine, using her experience to help asylum seekers and refugees with their green card applications. 

At Penn, Emma is working to gain skills in providing legal services to the refugee and asylum-seeker communities while focusing on issues of gender and systemic inequality. Emma is a student legal representative in the Transnational Legal Clinic, representing clients working to gain status in the United States. She is a board member of the International Refugee Assistance Project and Penn Law Palestine Solidarity, and the co-chair of Penn’s National Lawyers Guild chapter.  

Emma spent her first summer working with Reprieve’s Secret Prisons team in London, furthering government accountability and working to ensure compliance with international and humanitarian laws. This summer, Emma looks forward to returning to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Maine, continuing to gain direct services experience in the field of immigration law. 

In her free time, Emma enjoys eating other people’s vegetarian cooking and debating international, social, and popular culture issues with friends.