Lyla Wasz-Piper is a Civil Rights Legal Aid and Restorative Justice Fellow at FDLA. She is recent graduate of Harvard Law School. Upon bar admission, Lyla will work in four key capacities: as a litigator in FDLA’s Civil Rights Legal Aid Program, in a dual role as legal counsel and community organizer for FDLA’s Know Your Rights and Enforce Your Rights programs, as an on-duty attorney for the FDLA hotline, and in furthering FDLA’s restorative justice projects. During her time in law school, Lyla served as the Co-Executive Director of the Prison Legal Assistance Project and represented clients facing criminal charges throughout the Boston area as a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute. In 2019, she tried her first criminal case and secured an acquittal for her client. Lyla’s passion for civil rights work began with an internship at Uptown People’s Law Center.
Lyla, originally from Louisville, KY, graduated from Harvard College with honors in 2015. Following her year at FDLA, she will clerk for the Honorable Judge Edmond E. Chang in the Northern District of Illinois. Her hobbies include hiking and playing with her dog.
Contact: lyla (at) first-defense.org