Addison’s interest in joining the IHRC stems from her passion for learning about cultures and helping communities. While at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she worked as a researcher and conducted studies on arranged and child marriages in Nepal and Tanzania. To conduct in-field research, she traveled to Nepal for a summer and lived with a Nepali family. The experience instilled in her an appreciation for different cultural traditions. Moreover, Addison co-authored a paper assessing American beliefs around child marriage and focusing on structural issues, like poverty, as a root cause. 

With her passion for service, Addison volunteered at local Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and homeless shelters. She also started a small business, which she owned and operated before law school. 

At USC Gould, Addison is a board member on the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, LLM Legal Writing Fellow, and participates in Street Law, teaching middle school and high school students different legal topics each week. Addison also served as President of the Law Students for Better Health club and Secretary for the Women’s Law Association. During her 2L summer, she worked at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.

“My research experience informs my passion for helping women and children and desire to empower them through legal advocacy.”