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Leanza Bethel

Ms. Bethel graduated from George Washington University Law School in 2019. During her time at GW, Ms. Bethel was a judicial law clerk for an Administrative Judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Washington Field Office. She also served as a student attorney for GW's Public Justice Advocacy Clinic, a law clerk for an employment law firm, a law clerk for an immigration law firm, and as a legal intern for the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Health & Human Services. Ms. Bethel was a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, a GW Thurgood Marshall Scholar, and a 2018 South Asian Bar Association Public Interest Fellow. She also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for pro bono legal services offered during law school.

Ms. Bethel received her bachelor's with honors from American University's School of International Service. She majored in U.S. Foreign Policy, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution. Ms. Bethel won a Boren Scholarship to India from the National Security Education Program for her junior year. She studied Hindi, geopolitics, and international relations at Manipal University. She also interned for an HIV/AIDS prevention NGO in Udupi District where she conducted an Institutional Review Board-approved research study on local female sex workers (FSWs). Her research focused on potential correlations between India's legalized prostitution framework and the upsurge of sex trafficking in the region. She further assessed the FSWs' relationships with police and their access to public health resources.


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