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Bridget Lavender L’21

Bridget Lavender is a dual-degree student at Penn, pursuing both a JD and an MS in Social Policy. Originally from North Carolina, she earned a BA magna cum laude from Davidson College, where she was President of College Democrats and a peer health adviser. She came to law school to pursue a career in public interest, especially focused on reproductive rights, health, and justice, and the intersection of these areas with racial, criminal, and economic justice. Bridget spent her 1L summer interning with Homeless Advocacy Project, providing direct legal services to Philadelphia’s homeless. During this time she also worked part time with Professor Dorothy Roberts as a Research Assistant for her Foreword to the Harvard Law Review’s Supreme Court Issue, Abolition Constitutionalism. As a 2L, Bridget externed with Women’s Law Project and the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and will spend her 2L summer at the Center for Reproductive Rights. 

At Penn, Bridget is the Direct Services Coordinator for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Research Director of the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project, and is heavily involved with Equal Justice Foundation. She is also an Executive Editor for The University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Student Wellness Committee. In her free time, Bridget enjoys exploring Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, trying any and every vegan or vegetarian restaurant, and playing board games.