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Julie Hyman, MSW/MSSP'17

Julie Hyman, MSW/MSSP’17

  • Investigator at Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Community Defender's Office

Julie Hyman is a 2017 graduate of the MSSP and MSW programs at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. During her graduate studies at UPenn, she received a Criminal Justice Specialization, was a board member for the Criminal Justice Bloc at SP2, and was chosen as a Contributing Author for the 2016-2017 SP2 Journal “The Collectivist.”

While at Penn, Julie completed a policy internship at the American Institutes for Research and a clinical internship at Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter Middle School. She also began work as a sentencing advocate, first as a Direct Service Fellow and Team Supervisor with Penn’s Youth Advocacy Project (YAP). With YAP, Julie advocated that children be tried in the juvenile system rather than the adult criminal justice system. Later, she continued sentencing advocacy work at the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, supporting re-sentencing hearings for individuals who were sentenced to life in prison as children, or juvenile life without parole (JLWOP).

Julie is now employed as an Investigator at the Federal Community Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She works in the Capital Habeas Unit, supporting appeals for clients on death row.

Prior to her graduate studies, Julie worked at various social service agencies in New York City and in Namibia with the United States Peace Corps. She graduated from the George Washington University magna cum laude in 2010.

“The dual MSW/MSSP program at SP2 provided me the opportunity to understand social issues on multiple levels. I was able to work in the field while simultaneously analyzing data and discussing policy about the issues I was seeing on the ground. Through this process, I learned to think in a comprehensive way that I’m able to bring to work with me every day.”

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