December 12, 2013 10:00 AM
Van Kampen was instrumental in the development of Tulane Law Students for Reproductive Justice as one of the original founders and the chapter's first president. The group has been recognized nationally with the Cari Sietstra Excellence in Organizing Award and the Center for Reproductive Rights Student Policy and Advocacy Award.
"I definitely feel like my campus organizing effort has been very much informed by what I learned from group work in social work," she says.
Van Kampen's commitment to domestic violence advocacy is shown by her work as a student attorney in the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic. She also completed an internship with Metropolitan Center for Women and Children.
"I think what social work gave me is the perspective and reminder of why I was doing this," she says. "When I started law school, it was so different that it was a struggle at first, but I'm glad that I stuck with it. I want to make policy, and really practice a therapeutic jurisprudence, which is really connected with my social work values."
Joseph Halm is marketing/communications coordinator for the Tulane School of Social Work.
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