Lauren Sampson joined Lawyers for Civil Rights in 2018. Lauren advances LCR’s life-changing and law-changing work through litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. Lauren recently litigated Mussotte v. Peyser, a groundbreaking constitutional challenge to Massachusetts’ school funding formula on behalf of children of color and low-income children. She is currently coordinating LCR’s Racial Justice & Climate Project, a new practice area focused on climate resilience and environmental justice in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities.
Prior to joining LCR, Lauren was a civil litigation and immigration associate at Dinse, P.C., a Burlington-based law firm, and a law clerk to the Honorable Justice John Dooley (Ret.) of the Vermont Supreme Court. In Vermont, Lauren served as a guardian ad litem, a panel member on the Winooski Reparative Justice Board, and a commissioner on the Winooski Planning Commission.
Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors of Boston CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which advocates on behalf of court-involved children; and Emerge Vermont, the state affiliate of a national organization that empowers progressive women to run for political office. She was voted class speaker of the Emerge Vermont 2018 class.
Lauren is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as the editor-in-chief of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy. She also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Duke. She is a member of the bars of New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
Honors & Awards:
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s “Changemaker”
- Duke University School of Law’s Faculty Award in Legal Theory
Read Lauren’s posts on WBUR’s Cognoscenti.