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Rachel López, JD

Assistant Professor and Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic

Thomas R. Kline School of Law



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López’s scholarship primarily focuses on methods of accountability for human rights violations and reforms to transitional justice mechanisms. Prior to joining the law school, she was a clinical teaching fellow and then a visiting assistant clinical professor at Seton Hall University School of Law where she supervised law students on a wide range of cases, including immigration, human rights, death penalty, prisoners’ rights, family law and civil rights cases, in both domestic and international forums.

She also served as a cooperating attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, where her work included a class action lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop and frisk practices, litigation challenging the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of people within the United States, a petition for a thematic hearing on the human rights consequences of the Iraq War before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Freedom of Information Act litigation concerning the attack of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010 and briefing in an Alien Tort Statute case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Uganda.

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In the News

  • Prisoners in US Suffering Dementia May Hit 200,000 Within the Next Decade – Many Won’t Even Know Why They Are Behind Bars

    Rachel E. Lopez, JD, associate professor in the Kline School of Law and Director of the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic, authored a June 25 opinion piece for The Conversation about the our aging prison population and the significant social and fiscal challenges it will create. Lopez says thousands of inmates suffering from dementia, won’t even understand why they are in prison – and that this could be a violation of human rights law. The piece was picked up by numerous outlets including Yahoo! News, The Houston Chronicle and

  • Newlyweds Celebrate Their Wedding During Philadelphia Protest Over the Death of George Floyd

    Rachel E. Lopez, JD, associate professor in the Kline School of Law and Director of the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic, was quoted in a June 8 USA Today article about the viral video she captured on Saturday – during the protest in Philadelphia against police brutality after the death of George Floyd – of a couple recently married who joined the crowd.

  • Drexel’s Kline School of Law Opens Free Community Legal Clinic

    The Thomas R. Kline School of Law’s new Community Lawyering Clinic at the Dornsife Center was featured on KYW Newsradio on Oct. 4. Rachel Lopez, JD, assistant professor and director of the clinic, and Gabrielle Nonnenberg-Reid, a third-year law student, were quoted.

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