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Erin Sweeney L’19

Prior to coming to Penn, Erin investigated police misconduct at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a city oversight agency staffed entirely by civilians. There, she developed a fiery passion for criminal justice reform as she witnessed policing’s disproportionately negative impact on impoverished communities of color. An aspiring public defender, Erin plans to provide superb representation and advocacy for every client. At Penn, she co-directs the pro bono Pardon Project and is a board member of the Penn chapter of the American Constiution Society. She is spending her first summer working with the Public Benefits Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. 


Erin majored in Public Policy at Duke University. There, she directed Connect2Politics, a seminar and speaker series that aimed to inspire millennials to run for office. A Hart Leadership scholar, she spent the summer of 2011 conducting research with a community health organization in Leogane, Haiti, and the summer of 2012 working with nonprofit Democracy North Carolina to improve their Get Out the Vote strategy. Erin was an active member of the Duke debate team and attended the World Championships in Botswana and Berlin.