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Emma Morgenstern L’19

Emma is a less-than-hardy New Englander who hails from southern Maine. She 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. 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 where she helped 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 Law, 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. She was a student legal representative in the Transnational Legal Clinic, representing clients working to gain status in the United States. She is Executive Editor with the Journal of Law and Social Change, Co-Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, and a board member of Penn Law Palestine Solidarity, and the former Co-Chair of Penn’s National Lawyers Guild chapter.

During her 1L summer, Emma worked with Reprieve’s Secret Prisons team in London, furthering government accountability and working to ensure compliance with international and humanitarian laws. During her 2L summer, Emma returned to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Maine, continuing to gain direct services experience in the field of immigration law and working with the growing migrant community in the state.

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