Policy Analyst, Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force
Lauren is a new graduate of Vermont Law School. Lauren received her Juris Doctorate (JD) and a Master of Arts in Restorative Justice (MARJ). Lauren is invested in working towards an equitable system of government that treats everyone with dignity and respect. Her focus has been on trauma, policing, and repairing the harms of “the war on drugs.”
Lauren has done significant research and written numerous papers on police use of force, Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, racial disparities in arrests, adverse childhood experiences in relation to trauma and healing, social-emotional learning, and restorative practices, including cannabis reparations.
Before law school, Lauren facilitated writing classes in women’s prison. She led women through a process of writing for healing. This experience fostered deep compassion for the incarcerated population and fueled her desire for dignity, equity, and healing for all people. Lauren is new to Washington. As she gets settled, she hopes to volunteer in a street law program teaching law and civic affairs to high schoolers and young adults who live in areas that have been disproportionally impacted by over-policing.