Abbie L. VanSickle
2011-2012 Luce Scholar
Placement: Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Abbie VanSickle is a third-year law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. At law school, she investigated death penalty cases in the southern United States in the Berkeley Death Penalty Clinic and represented refugees through the California Asylum Representation Clinic. She also worked as a law clerk for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and for National Public Radio, where she reported a story on raw milk. She is currently researching refugee, migration, and housing law as a law clerk with the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to law school, she worked as a journalist for four years at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where she covered crime, courts, and breaking news. She is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She grew up in a rural farming community in Indiana. After her Luce year, she will be working as a public defender with The Defender Association in Seattle.