By Donna Parker
Life is never dull for Rachel Rebouche ’99, a clerk for Justice Kate O’Regan on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, which is similar to the United States Supreme Court. In her position, Rachel helps prepare judgments, discusses case issues with the judge, and researches relevant legal issues.
“I also volunteer for the non-profit Ibis Reproductive Health in Johannesburg, working on projects related to HIV/AIDS prevention and improving access to medical abortion,” says Rachel, who is readying for a career change that will mean a move to DC in the fall.
“I will start work with the National Women’s Law Center in a litigation capacity, working with the areas of welfare reform and reproductive health.”
Not bad for the self-described music junkie who spends as much time as she can traveling, likes baseball games, and attempting to learn the new (to her) sports of cricket and rugby.
Rachel looks back on her time at Trinity as the beginning of the pursuit of these many and varied interests. She says she was encouraged to follow those interests, such as when she and a group of friends approached San Antonio Planned Parenthood to assist with conducting a university forum on safe sex.
“Trinity dedicates its resources to help students understand and develop their interests. Professors such as Sheryl Tynes and Meredith McGuire in the department of sociology and anthropology – both of whom were dedicated academics and worked with social justice topics.”
“Moya Ball in the department of speech and drama was also one who taught me a great deal and who is just so warm and wonderful with her students.”
It’s what compelled Rachel to work on developing a Bill of Rights for the Human Rights Commission in Northern Ireland when she moved a year after graduation.
“It was a steep learning curve, but the experience that I value the most. I was involved in Belfast at the time and was involved in the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a political party that was formed by local women’s organizations during the negotiation of the peace agreement there.”
So, even though she’s not pursuing her graduate degree in social work, which is what she strived for during Trinity days when she interned with the police department and district attorney in family abuse departments, Rachel continues to develop her career in international law and human rights.
“I earned my J.D. from Harvard and it’s become very clear to me that law is an area where I can combine my interests. I love litigation work and policy analysis and I’m interested in how domestic issues may be shaped by international experience.”
You can email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.