Lindsey Alexander

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Lindsey Alexander

Graduation Year: 2005
Major: Crime, Law, and Justice
Current Job: Staff Attorney, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc.
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Lindsey Alexander’s academic and professional journey did not begin with a conscious choice to go into legal advocacy. She currently works as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Clinic for the Disabled in Philadelphia but found her way there indirectly.

Alexander’s journey as she described it begins with a common elective course for students. Alexander decided to take BISCI 3 with Professor Chris Uhl, and eventually became a teaching assistant for the class. What she did not realize, however was that working with Professor Uhl would lead to her taking a position in the Peace Corps. While there, Alexander worked in an orphanage and found she was passionate about taking care of the children there. However, she also recognized that the United States’ systems for children also required significant help. Many children were being abandoned by the foster care and court systems, and Alexander wanted to work on their behalf.

From there, she attended law school and worked at the Support Center for Medical Advocates. So many families that Alexander encountered in her work were already in crisis, and she decided that she wanted to be a part of preventing this stage. This led her to her current position, where she’s part of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled’s medical-legal partnership. This allows her to serve a variety of needs for people with disabilities in counties surrounding the Philadelphia area.

This work has become Alexander’s passion and also led her to recently receive the Outstanding Young Liberal Arts Alumni award from the College of the Liberal Arts. Lindsey’s achievement in her own field has also shaped her advice for current undergraduate and graduate students.

Alexander’s main piece of advice for young students lies in being certain of taking on more education after an undergraduate degree. Alexander mainly discussed how debt can highly affect students who are unsure that they need further education.

Alexander also talked about the transformative experiences that work of any kind can provide for students. She advised students to take advantage of the connections that they have, even if they work in fields that differ from their final career goals.

However, she also acknowledged that students should take time to build their own passions in and outside of work. Alexander stressed the need for self-care, especially in emotionally taxing fields like advocacy work.

For Alexander, balance and passion for serving others are what keeps her from experiencing burnout. She described the most rewarding part of her job as hearing a simple “thank you” from clients. Alexander spoke about the reward of knowing you helped others, but also recognized that succeeding in the world of legal advocacy is special in itself.

“Doing this work is an absolute privilege,” Alexander said.

Alexander also participated as a panelist and mentor for Penn State Law’s 2018 Careers in the Law event.

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