Sophie E. H. Newman graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2023, with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. She was a Michael T. Masin Scholar, and upon graduating, was inducted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, Ms. Newman was a Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Association, a Senior Editor for the UCLA Law Review, and a Managing Editor for the Journal of Gender and Law. She participated in the Race, Work, and Economic Justice Clinic with Legal Aid at Work, the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic, and the Law, Organizing, and Low-Wage Workers Practicum with UNITE HERE Local 11. Ms. Newman also externed for the Honorable Kim M. Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was a summer associate at Bush Gottlieb.
Ms. Newman received her bachelor’s degree in Politics and Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College, where she wrote her senior thesis on urban redevelopment and the criminalization of unhoused people in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood and graduated with Highest Honors. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal at the Law Center for Better Housing, a Chicago nonprofit that fights evictions and displacement and advocates for tenants’ rights and housing justice.