Sophia Balemian-Spencer joined the Washington Lawyers’ Committee in September 2022 as a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. Ms. Balemian-Spencer graduated from The George Washington University in 2018 with a B.A. in American Studies and minors in Criminal Justice and World History. She later received her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) in 2022.
At UDC Law, Ms. Balemian-Spencer was a student attorney in the Legislation/Civil Rights Clinic and the Whistleblower Protection Clinic. She also worked as a research assistant conducting case law and policy research on menstrual discrimination in the workplace. Ms. Balemian-Spencer received both the Hadley and Rauh Fellowships, which are reserved for students who completed 400 hours of full-time employment-law-related work in a government agency and 400 hours of public interest work.
While in law school, Ms. Balemian-Spencer participated in multiple internships assisting in litigation at the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and as a law clerk fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force. She was also on the board of the Black Law Student Association and was a member of the Women’s Law Society.
In college and law school, Ms. Balemian-Spencer was an intake volunteer at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Workers’ Rights Clinic.