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Karina Tefft

Staff Attorney

Karina joined NCLEJ as a Columbia Law School Public Interest Fellow in 2019. Karina is a graduate of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she served as Co-Director of the National Lawyer’s Guild’s CUNY Chapter, as a member of CUNY’s Moot Court team, and helped launch CUNY’s law student advocate group to support the work of FedFam4Life, an organization led by returning citizens that advocates for the rights of people incarcerated and formerly incarcerated in federal prisons. At CUNY, Karina participated in the Community Economic Development Clinic and the Economic Justice Project Clinic. During her law school summers, Karina worked at the Bronx Defenders’ Civil Action Practice and New Economy Project.

Prior to law school Karina engaged in grassroots policy organizing in Pennsylvania to support the movement to end mass incarceration and to end the criminalization of poverty. Karina received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Creative Writing from Susquehanna University.