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Join us in welcoming Rachel Pemstein to OPIA!

Rachel will be returning to Harvard Law School as the Assistant Director for Alumni Advising in mid-December after having been the Director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Jewish Family & Children’s. A cum laude graduate of Barnard College (’90) and The University of Chicago Law School (’94), Rachel has worked in a variety of legal settings and has always participated in a variety of public interest efforts.  In law school, Rachel served the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic and the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women. Upon graduation, Rachel launched her career at the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart where she practiced healthcare law.  After, she worked with in-house counsel at the Massachusetts Medical Society. She then became a J.D. Advisor with the Harvard Law School Office of Career Services where she worked with students embarking on their own legal careers. Most recently, during her 11 years at JF&CS Bet Tzedek, Rachel directed the integration of legal services into the agency’s health and human services delivery model and oversaw growth of the program to serve the needs of its most vulnerable clients. Rachel is passionate about the legal rights of the underserved, especially domestic abuse and hunger issues among the low-income community.