Alexandra Johnson is a Senior Legal Assistant in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. summa cum laude and with departmental honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded membership to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Academically, Alexandra focused on various forms of feminism, including within the history of philosophy, aesthetic theory, and religious studies. She was also a University of Pennsylvania Civic Scholar, completing a four-year program dedicated to the integration of social justice and civic engagement into her scholarship. For her Civic Scholars senior capstone, she examined how religious charities offer an overlooked answer to the question of whether religious institutions are positive forces for women.
At Penn, she was the President of the Penn Debate Society, the university’s debate team, and the American Parliamentary Debate Association, the nation’s oldest collegiate debate league. Alexandra thrice ranked in the top 10 debaters in the nation, also reaching elimination rounds at the National, North American, and World Debating Championships multiple times. She served as a research assistant for the Penn Program on Regulation at Penn Law, as well as for the Penn Philosophy Department’s Recovery Project, which focuses on the overlooked works of early modern female philosophers. She previously interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Legal Aid Society in New York City, and the Brookings Institution.
Alexandra will enroll at Yale Law School in the fall of 2021, having deferred her enrollment to work at Sanford Heisler Sharp.
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania College of Arts & Sciences, summa cum laude, 2019