Lauren Sampson

Staff Attorney

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 is currently litigating Haitian-Americans United v. Trump, a major lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government’s effort to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census. She successfully litigated Mussotte v. Peyser, a groundbreaking challenge to Massachusetts’ school funding formula on behalf of children of color and low-income children.

Lauren coordinates LCR’s Racial Justice & Climate Project, a new practice area focusing on climate resilience and environmental justice in low-income communities of color and immigrant communities. Under her leadership, the initiative has filed a series of high-profile language access complaints against proposed environmentally-sensitive projects in Boston.

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. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of 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 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.