LIZZY HENNESSEY '09

Learn more about Lizzy Hennessey '09

Lizzy is currently a Trial Attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services ("CPCS"), which is the public defender agency for the state of Massachusetts.  She works in CPCS's Worcester County office and lives with her partner and dogs in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. After graduating from Dartmouth in 2009, Lizzy worked at a small law firm in San Francisco, advocating on behalf of people imprisoned in California, as a paralegal on various class action lawsuits concerning the extremely inadequate mental health and medical care these plaintiffs received while incarcerated. Lizzy continued her paralegal work in a much bigger law firm in Manhattan, just to prove to herself that she did not belong in "Big Law" -- she was right!  At Boston University School of Law, Lizzy was instantly drawn to the public interest sector of the legal field, and considered careers in health law, civil rights litigation, and immigration law. Lizzy spent her two law school summers as an intern at the CPCS office in Boston, and she ultimately took on a caseload of her own while practicing as a student attorney in BU's Criminal Law Clinic.  After a one-year fellowship with CPCS, she joined their Worcester office as a full time Trial Attorney in the spring of 2019.  She's never felt more motivated than she does as a public defender, and she hopes more Dartmouth Alumni/ae will join her in the fight in years to come! 

Breaking the Mold is co-sponsored by the Center for Professional Development, the Tuck Center for Business, Government, & Society, the Rockerfeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences, and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.