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imageNeta Borshansky is Associate Director of Public Sector Careers and the Director of Government Programs. Before joining Penn Law, Neta was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. While at DOJ, her work focused primarily on investigating and litigating systemic housing discrimination cases under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her work included cases involving race discrimination against African-American participants in the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program; sexual harassment against low-income female tenants; discrimination against group homes for persons with disabilities; design and construction requirements of multifamily housing; and zoning and land use policies that exclude African Americans from equal access to affordable housing. She also co-led the summer legal internship program. She received her JD from UC Davis School of Law, where she dedicated herself to public service. As a law student, she participated in three clinics including a medical-legal partnership at the East Bay Community Law Center and she co-founded a student legal aid organization that organizes spring break legal aid trips to underserved communities around the country. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College.



Maisha Elonai is Associate Director of the Toll Public Interest Center. She helps administer Penn Law’s Pro Bono Program and supports many of the school’s more than 25 pro bono projects.

Maisha is a graduate of Penn Law, where she dove into the public interest world with a fervor. As a student she joined Penn Law’s International Human Rights Advocates, took part in the Transnational Legal Clinic, and spent a year as both an intern and extern at Community Legal Service’s public housing unit. Following law school Maisha became an active member of the Philadelphia public interest community. As an Independence fellow with Philadelphia VIP, she defended low-income homeowners in foreclosure litigation and negation. In subsequent years Maisha transitioned to legal education, working full time with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute to develop innovative seminars on a variety of law-related topics. A writer at heart, Maisha is a veteran of the Philadelphia Inquirer and spent several years in the journalism industry. In addition to her JD from the University of Pennsylvania, Maisha received a BA from UCLA in her native state of California.



Arlene Rivera Finkelstein is Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She directs the Law School’s wide array of public interest programming, which includes one of the first mandatory pro bono programs in the country. TPIC supervises 26 student pro bono groups, advises students on how best to prepare themselves for public interest careers, and oversees the school’s public interest scholarship program. Finkelstein also teaches Legal Interviewing and Client Counseling at the Law School.

Before coming to Penn Law, she was the inaugural director of the Public Interest Resource Center at Widener Law School. Finkelstein began working at Widener as a professor of legal research and writing, where she also taught interviewing and counseling, and public interest law. Finkelstein serves on a number of legal services boards including Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Friends of Farmworkers, and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She received her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and her BS from Cornell University. She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on the defense of juveniles.



Lillian Galindo Gardiner M.S.Ed.’11 is the Pro Bono and Public Interest Program Coordinator of the Toll Public Interest Center. She oversees all logistics for TPIC events, including the annual Sparer Symposium and Public Interest Week, manages web and email communications for the Center, and works closely with students to support their public interest goals while at Penn Law.

Lillian brings with her over 7 years of experience in fundraising, alumni relations, and program management. She received her Master’s in Education Policy from Penn’s Graduate School of Education and was most recently the program director of Penn Law’s Institute for Law & Economics. Prior to Penn, Lillian was the Director of Alumni Relations at Lick-Wilmerding High School, and the Alumni Director at Rosemont College. She previously worked at the University of California Press and spent time as an ESL instructor in Spain. A San Francisco native, Lillian received her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego where she ran varsity cross country and track & field.


imageCarl Moon is the Toll Public Interest Center’s Coordinator for Special Projects. He watches over events, deliverables, and messaging related to TPIC’s 25th anniversary, and is the de facto Master of Ceremonies at all Penn Law intramural rap battles.

Carl is also a part-time development officer at Friends of Farmworkers, where he oversees institutional giving for a number of innovative programs providing legal services to agricultural workers in PA. Before moving to Philadelphia, he worked for several years as an editor, translator, writing instructor, and SAT tutor in the US and abroad. He studied English at Bowdoin College, and is a graduate of Yonsei University’s Korean Language Institute in Seoul, where he spent two years learning to read, write, and speak Korean. Since returning to the US, he has patriotically forgotten most of these skills.



Emily R. Sutcliffe is Assistant Director of the Toll Public Interest Center. She oversees Penn Law’s Pro Bono Program by helping students foster meaningful service experiences while ensuring compliance with the Law School’s pro bono requirement. Emily works closely with education-related and international pro bono projects and dual degree and LLM students. Additionally, she focuses on nurturing existing intra-University partnerships and fostering new ones.

Prior to joining TPIC, Emily worked in refugee resettlement at Nationalities Service Center and served as a nonprofit consultant for the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. Emily has traveled and lived abroad extensively- most recently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she taught English to members of the Saudi royal family. In addition to her work at Penn Law, Emily is a Cultural Anthropology PhD student at Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and a consultant for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Zambia. Emily has an MSEd from Penn’s Graduate School of Education and an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, where she was recipient of the Emerging Leader Award.