Sara LynchGraduate Associate
2nd Floor - Jewish Cultural Studies (JCS)
After graduating from Fordham University, Sara joined the 2011 Teach For America Corps in Nashville, Tennessee, where she taught high school Spanish. She then served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Medellin, Colombia, and volunteered with Enseña Por Colombia, a Teach for All affiliate. Sara later explored the intersection of intimate partner violence and the law working as a Family Law Project Assistant with Sanctuary for Families, assisting survivors of domestic violence in obtaining orders of protection, safe custody arrangements, and divorce from abusive partners.
While at Penn Law, Sara has become involved in the Philadelphia public interest community as a volunteer with the Youth Advocacy Project, a group that seeks to promote juvenile justice reform, and the School Discipline Advocacy Service, a group that assists Philadelphia families and students in school disciplinary hearings. She participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic working with youth in dependency proceedings and youth seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. During her 1L summer, Sara worked at the Education Law Center on issues such as fair school funding, equal access to education, and stopping the school-to-prison pipeline. Over the past year she has worked at the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP), preparing individuals for resentencing hearings following Montgomery v. Louisiana, a Supreme Court decision that gave retroactive effect to a prior decision ruling that a mandatory sentence of juvenile life without parole is unconstitutional. This past summer, Sara interned at the Legal Aid Society in the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project representing youth prosecuted in adult criminal court.
Outside of school, Sara can be found bonding with her residents and fellow graduate assistants at Rodin College house, traveling, or riding her bike around Philadelphia.