Kelsey Reid (she/her) is a rising third year student at the University of California, Berkeley,
School of Law in xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral, unceded land of the Chochenyo-
speaking Ohlone people. She is thrilled to be spending her summer with Towards Justice.
At Berkeley Law, Kelsey’s pro bono service has included the Food Justice Project, the Re-Entry Advocacy Project, spring break with AppalReD Legal Aid (Kentucky), and assisting the UC Berkeley Lecturer and Librarian Union (UC-AFT 1474). Kelsey participated in clinic in the East Bay Community Law Center’s Health and Welfare division, where she represented clients with disabilities through their appeals for public benefits. She is Production Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law and was a member of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice. Kelsey is active in Abolitionist Collective @ Berkeley, Peer Wellness Coalition, and First Generation Professionals. She is also on the steering committee of The Justice Initiative, a national group of social justice-orientated law students and lawyers passionate about learning and lawyering in the principles and frameworks of Critical Race Theory and movement lawyering. During her first law school summer, Kelsey interned at the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland.
Prior to law school, Kelsey worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she collaborated with county governments across the country on jail decarceration efforts and helped to launch Vera’s program with elected prosecutors committed to reducing the reach of the criminal legal system, decreasing racial disparities, and increasing their accountability to impacted communities. Before Vera, she worked on criminal legal system policy in the Obama Administration’s Domestic Policy Council and on an economic development project with the state of Maharashtra, India. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in gender, violence, and economic development from the University of Chicago.
Outside of her academic and career pursuits, she relishes in throwing pottery on the wheel,
seeing live theater, and baking.