Lauren Sampson

Senior 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 Massachusetts Fair Housing Center v. HUD, the first lawsuit nationally challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to gut the disparate impact protections of the Fair Housing Act. In 2020, she secured a landmark nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration from implementing changes to the Fair Housing Act. Recently, she also successfully litigated Mussotte v. Peyser, a groundbreaking challenge to Massachusetts’ school funding formula on behalf of children of color and low-income children. Her cutting-edge work is regularly featured in publications such as the New York Times.

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 recently filed a major federal lawsuit against the EPA for failing to investigate and address national origin discrimination — along with 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 as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Boston CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which advocates on behalf of court-involved children, and on the Board of Directors for the Welcome Project, a community-based immigrants’ rights organization. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Climate Adaptation Forum and the Advisory Board of Alternatives for Community & Environment’s (ACE) environmental justice legal services program.

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:

  • Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program, Class of 2020-21
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s “Changemaker”
  • Emerge Vermont’s 2018 Class Speaker
  • Duke University School of Law’s Faculty Award in Legal Theory

Read Lauren’s posts on WBUR’s Cognoscenti.