Leadership

Laura Dunn, Executive Director

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Laura L. Dunn, Esq.

Laura Dunn, Esq., is a nationally recognized victim turned victim’s rights attorney whose work has been featured by the National Law Journal, Rolling Stone Magazine, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, and TIME Magazine, among many others. In 2007, Dunn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) with a B.A. in Legal Studies and Psychology, as well as a certificate in Criminal Justice. While a student, two men from her crew team sexually assaulted Dunn. Despite reporting to campus officials and police, she was denied justice and eventually filed a Title IX complaint against the UW. Upon graduation, Dunn entered Teach for America in New Orleans where she taught middle school math post-Katrina. During that time she also served as the Communications Director for the national nonprofit PAVE and founded its Survivor Justice Campaign.

In 2014, Dunn received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law where she graduated Order of the Barristers, for her superior talents in trial and appellate advocacy, as a Rose Zetzer Fellow, for her studies in the Women Leadership & Equality program, and with the William P. Cunningham Award, for her national work on campus sexual violence. This work included successfully lobbied for the passage of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization, advising to the White House Task Force to Protect Students Against Sexual Assault, and serving as the primary student negotiator on the U.S. Department of Education’s VAWA Rulemaking Committee. To recognize her advocacy, Senator Patrick Leahy, recognized Dunn on the floor of the U.S. Senate while Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Vice President Joe Biden has invited her as a VIP guest to the release of the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, signing of the 2013 VAWA Reauthorization, and release of the It’s On Us Campaign at the White House. While in law school, Dunn also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, served as a judicial intern for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and was published by the Georgetown Journal of Gender & Law on the topic of campus sexual violence. Dunn is now a sworn attorney admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.


Carly Mee, Legal Intern

Carly Mee

Carly Mee, Legal Intern Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon

Carly Mee graduated from Occidental College in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology. During her undergraduate career, she was one of the founding members of the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition (OSAC), an organization that gained national attention for its efforts at nationwide reform in how college campuses address the current sexual assault epidemic. Mee also received the Ford Research Mentors Endowment grant to do research on the topic of bystander intervention, which she then went to present at state and national conferences. Carly is currently in her second year at George Mason University School of Law where she is a member of the Law Review and a member of the Pro Bono Society Board. During her first year of law school, she interned with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, which works to reform youth sentencing practices and develop age-appropriate alternatives to juvenile life without parole.


 

Amanda Wingle, SurvWellness Development Intern

Amanda Wingle graduated magna cum laude from Siena College in 2009 with a B.A. in Biology and minor in Sociology. After graduation, Wingle attended Albany Medical College where she developed a mandatory curriculum, Sexual Assault in the Patient Population: A Curriculum for First and Second Year Medical Students, which placed her on the Distinction in Advocacy track.She also served as Co-President of the American Medical Women’s Association chapter, during which time she pioneered an Interpersonal Violence Awareness Week with lectures open to all hospital personnel, faculty, and students. In April 2013, Wingle was honored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center with the Visionary Voice Award for the State of New York.Through these endeavors, Wingle realized her true passion lay in sexual violence advocacy, education, and prevention rather than in medical science. She is now volunteering for Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) and part of the SurvJustice team developing its upcoming medical-legal partnership with SurvWellness, a not-for-profit organization focused on comprehensive care for individuals affected by trauma.