Ms. Harris joined Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin as an associate in early 2022. She is a new attorney with experience in civil rights and criminal defense practice. Ms. Harris joins the firm from the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, where she represented incarcerated people in federal civil rights litigation. Her focus was primarily the unconstitutional denial of medical care to incarcerated people, but she also assisted with cases involving excessive force, retaliation, disability accommodation, and access to counsel. She has worked with clients in federal, state, and county prison systems across Pennsylvania.
As a certified legal intern, she represented clients on behalf of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. She has experience preparing sentencing and mitigation reports for the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project.
Ms. Harris has worked and volunteered with a range of local public interest organizations including the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, HIAS Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and Community Legal Services’ Expungement Project.
Ms. Harris graduated magna cum laude from Temple University Law School in 2020. She serves on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild and is a co-chair of its Mass Defense Committee, coordinating legal observers in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.