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Noel Leon L’13

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Noel León is currently a Legal Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC, where she works to provide legal support to abortion providers. Upon graduating from Penn Law in 2014, Noel was awarded the Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship to serve as in-house legal fellow at the national office of If/When/How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice, or LSRJ) in Oakland, CA. At If/When/How, she oversaw the Reproductive Justice Legal Research Initiative (RJ LRI) and created a pro bono toolkit to assist law student chapters and alumni developing judicial bypass assistance projects through law schools in their own communities. Noel then became a legal policy fellow at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project in Washington, DC, through If/When/How’s Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program from 2015-2016.

During law school, Noel served as Co-President and Auction Co-Chair of the Penn Law Equal Justice Foundation; Executive Articles Editor of the Penn Law Journal of Law and Social Change; and a member of the Penn Civil Practice Clinic. She also interned at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Law Project. Noel was also the Direct Service Director of the Penn chapter of If/When/How (previously LSRJ), through which she managed the Philadelphia Judicial Bypass Assistance Project, coordinating with three Philadelphia If/When/How chapters, two Philadelphia area health care centers, and a local attorney to assist minors seeking abortions in Philadelphia. 

Outside of work, Noel can be found singing in SongRise, a DC-based women’s social justice a cappella group. She graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Noel hails originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, where her family and a big part of her heart remain.