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Noel Leon L’13

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Noel is thrilled that she will be pursuing a public interest career doing pretty much what she came to law school to do: working towards reproductive justice and gender equality. She hopes to do impact litigation and policy advocacy, and to remain informed and in touch by engaging with communities disparately impacted by laws, policies, and practices impacting their reproductive lives and bodily autonomy. 

Prior to law school she spent a great deal of time thinking about gender and bodily integrity in classes at Yale as well as work after law school, which included a year helping to run a community center near Quito, Ecuador. Once in law school, Noel became involved on a number of fronts in reproductive justice efforts, civil rights litigation, and public interest work more broadly. As Direct Service Director of the Reproductive Rights Law Project at Penn, she oversaw the judicial bypass counseling pro bono project and other collaborations with organizations in Philadelphia. Noel’s other pro bono work included research for the Women’s Law Project of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, and participation in the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Assistance Project. She also served as Executive Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change and represented indigent clients as part of the Civil Practice Clinic. As Co-President and Auction Chair of the Equal Justice Foundation, she headed a Penn student organization that raised money to fund many students’ summer public interest work. She spent her summers working on civil rights impact litigation at the New York Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

Since reproductive justice and gender equality concerns are implicated in a great many contexts, Noel expects the unexpected in her career; or at least that it will involve collaboration with multiple sectors and contact with various areas of the law. She’s very excited to get started!