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Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

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Lauren W.

Lauren W. Herman

Lauren W. Herman

Curriculum Specialist & Instructor, Religious Freedom Center

Email: Lherman@newseum.org
Video call: https://zoom.us/my/rel200.1

Lauren W. Herman (JD, MTS) is a civil rights lawyer, community organizer, and scholar of religion and the law.

After law school, Lauren clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at the Supreme Court of New Jersey. As a clerk, she researched cutting-edge legal issues that spanned a wide range of criminal and civil matters.

Lauren currently serves as the Harvard Public Service Venture Fund fellow at Make the Road New Jersey. Make the Road is a member-led community organization that builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. At Make the Road, Lauren works with members to address legal issues related to tax, employment, and immigration in some of the most under-served communities in New Jersey.

Lauren was trained as a community organizer through JOIN for Justice, the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network for Justice. As an organizer and advocate, Lauren worked at the Workmen’s Circle Boston, a secular, progressive, Jewish community and cultural center where she was integral to Jewish-Muslim interfaith work in the greater-Boston area.

Lauren also worked at the Harvard University Scholars at Risk Program, which provides fellowships for scholars who have been persecuted in their home country. With a team of allies across the University, Lauren coordinated legal and social services for the scholars and built a community of support.

Lauren received her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and a masters in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on religion, ethics, and politics.

Lauren has written on the topics of tax treatment for gender-affirming health care, and genetic testing for citizenship purposes in Israel.