A Survivor Shares Her Strength

Courtney Kiehl JD ’15 Law knew she wanted to work with trauma survivors in some capacity. A former elite gymnast and survivor of child sexual abuse, Kiehl chose to pursue a legal career after earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology at UCLA, where she had become involved in victims’ rights organizations.

“When I began researching law schools, it was around the time that the Sandusky case was getting a lot of publicity,” Kiehl says. “I had done work in the realm of child sexual abuse, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to go to Penn State, the center of this case that was getting so much attention.”

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