- J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., English and Philosophy, Colgate University
Avi-Yona is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology. Her research interests include philosophy of law, international law, human rights, global ethics, justice and the rule of law, and theories of punishment.
During law school, Avi-Yona was an associate editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law School Journal of Business Law; a teaching fellow for Penn Law's Youth Courts program; a teaching fellow for the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project; a mock trial coach with Penn Law's Legal Education Partnership; and, a recipient of the Penn Law Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award.
After receiving her J.D., Avi-Yona served as a law clerk at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She also acted as Vice President and Secretary of Pennsylvania Lawyers for Youth (PALY), a nonprofit organization working to effect meaningful, community-responsive changes in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system through advocacy-driven direct service and policy initiatives.