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Lynn Pearson

Lynn joined Tahirih in 2018 as a staff attorney at its new Atlanta office. She provides client-centered representation to women and girls fleeing violence in asylum and visa cases, with a special focus on Tahirih’s Atlanta Appellate Project. She supports pro bono attorneys through training and mentorship and serves on the Asylum Committee for AILA’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter.

Prior to joining Tahirih, Lynn was a senior attorney at the Georgia Resource Center where she spent nearly a decade representing persons on Georgia’s death row. In that role, she handled federal litigation and appeals, including a recent victory in the United States Supreme Court based on racial bias in Tharpe v. Sellers, 583 U.S. ___ (2018).

In law school, Lynn was awarded the California Bar Foundation Public Interest Scholarship and graduated with highest honors. She also studied comparative civil rights and criminal law at Université Paris Nanterre.

Growing up, Lynn lived in Jamaica, France, and California. She has since traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, and Asia.

“I am inspired by the resilience and perseverance of our clients, who after escaping terrible violence, must still face challenges to gain the legal status to which they are entitled. I am honored to assist them in overcoming these legal hurdles so that they can enjoy the safety and autonomy that most of us take for granted.”

Education: Golden Gate University, JD; University of California, Berkeley, BA

Languages: French (fluent); Spanish (conversant)

Hometown: Carmel, California