Emily Sutcliffe

Emily R. Sutcliffe, MS’11, MSEd, PhD

  • Lecturer, NPL Program

  • Director, Toll Public Interest Center, Penn Law & PhD Student at Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences

Emily R. Sutcliffe directs the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) at Penn Carey Law School. She leads the Law School’s wide array of public interest programs, including one of longest-standing and most expansive pro bono programs in the country (requiring that all students perform at least 70 hours of law-related pro bono legal service before they graduate) and the Service Corps, which houses the Toll Public Interest Scholars Program, the Toll Public Interest Fellows Program, and programming for all public interest-minded law students. Emily is the architect of service-oriented leadership curriculum and training for the broader Penn Law community. Emily works closely with her team to ensure that all students make service a meaningful part of their legal education, and ultimately carry that service ethic into their careers.

At the Law School, Emily developed and teaches Power, Injustice, and Change in America and Power & Privilege in Public Service. At the School of Social Policy & Practice, Emily has been involved with many courses, including The Power Lab at Penn, and most recently teaches Leadership: Designing the Future. Emily also designs and delivers leadership workshops for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and has trained human rights attorneys and activists in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Haiti, and Malaysia. Emily’s research critically examines the intricate imbrications of race, religion, and social class on group formation and belonging within various US contexts. Emily is a founding board member of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) and is a current board member of Justice at Work.

“I utilize skills gained in the NPL program on a daily basis – both personally and professionally. The NPL program helped me to access an invaluable and unconventional understanding of action-based leadership. This unique approach to leadership is greatly appreciated in my work place where I am frequently called upon to provide innovative perspectives and counter-hegemonic methods for addressing long-standing challenges.”

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