Lauren is currently a staff attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice. She was previously in the Family Defense Practice, from 2010-2016, where she represented hundreds of indigent parents charged with abuse or neglect in Bronx Family Court proceedings in an effort to keep families together and prevent termination of parental rights. She also served as the Supervisor-Instructor of the Bronx Defenders / Cardozo Law School Mainzer Family Defense Clinic from 2014-2016, and participated as a fellow in the Harvard Fair Punishment Project in the summer of 2016. Lauren received her JD degree magna cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in 2008, where she was a student attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic and received the Dean’s Award for Professional Responsibility – Outstanding Student in the Clinical Program, and a staff member of the American University Law Review. She interned with several public defender offices during law school, including the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Upon graduation, Lauren worked as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP before joining BXD. Lauren also holds a Masters in Gender Studies and Social Policy from the London School of Economics, and an undergraduate degree in Religion and Gender Studies from Princeton University.