Sean McGrath is a 2016 Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow. His work centers on the representation of at-risk children to better access early intervention and early education services in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Originally from Havertown, Pennsylvania, Sean graduated from the Penn State Schreyer Honors College in 2010. Post-graduation, Sean joined Teach for America as a middle school teacher in Pointe Coupee, Louisiana and worked as a community organizer in the greater Boston area. Returning home to work in the Philadelphia community, Sean enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received his JD. During his time in law school, Sean remained committed to pro bono service and public interest law, providing legal services through the Civil Practice Clinic and the Homeless Advocacy Project. Sean also helped pass affordable water service legislation in the office of Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez and worked as an associate editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change. During his time at Penn Law, Sean interned for multiple public interest organizations, including the Public Interest Law Center and Community Legal Services. Upon graduation, he received the Benjamin R. Jones Award for making an outstanding contribution to the public interest through legal writing and law school affiliated activities.
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