Maddie Verniero L’22
Madeline (Maddie) Verniero is a first-year law student interested in legal work and policy reform related to criminal justice issues. She graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in Political Science, a concentration in Peace & Justice studies, and a minor in Public Service and Administration. Upon graduation, Maddie received the Dean’s Medallion of Excellence for Political Science, which is awarded to one graduating senior per major.
During her time at Villanova, Maddie interned for U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker in Washington, D.C. There, she researched policy issues and assisted in committee hearing preparations. She also interned at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in the Conviction Integrity Unit, where she conducted an in-depth review of a wrongful conviction case and recommended further investigative steps. Prior to starting law school, she was also a research intern at the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. This upcoming summer, Maddie will intern at The Legal Aid Society in New York.
Maddie is interested in criminal justice work and the fight to create a more humane and equitable justice system. At Penn Law, she works with the Criminal Records Expungement Project and helps file expungement petitions. Additionally, Maddie is involved in the law school’s Mock Trial team. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, creative writing, and art history.