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Lindsey (Alexander) Mossor

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'05 Crime, Law, and Justice | Anti-Human Trafficking Staff Attorney, Nationalities Service Center | Philadelphia, PA
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Lindsey (Alexander) Mossor

Lindsey (Alexander) Mossor’s academic and professional journey did not begin with a conscious choice to go into legal advocacy. She currently works as a Anti-Human Trafficking Staff Attorney for the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, but she found her way there indirectly.

Mossor’s journey as she described it begins with a common elective course for students. She took BISCI 003 with Professor Chris Uhl and worked as a teaching assistant for the class. What she didn't realize, however, was that working with Professor Uhl would lead to her taking a position in the Peace Corps. While there, Mossor worked in an orphanage and discovered that she was passionate about taking care of the children there. She also recognized that the United States’ systems for children required significant help as well. Many children were being abandoned by the foster care and court systems, and Mossor wanted to work on their behalf.

From there, she attended law school and worked at the Support Center for Child Advocates. So many families that Mossor encountered in her work were already in crisis, and she decided that she wanted to be a part of preventing this stage. This led to her next position, where she worked as a staff attorney in the Legal Clinic for the Disabled’s medical-legal partnership. That position allowed her to serve a variety of needs for people with disabilities in the greater Philadelphia area.

Legal advocacy work has become Mossor's passion. She received the Outstanding Young Liberal Arts Alumni Award from the College of the Liberal Arts in March 2019.

Her main piece of advice for young students lies in being certain of taking on more education after an undergraduate degree. She also talked about the transformative experiences that work of any kind can provide for students.

Take advantage of the connections that you have, even if you work in fields that differ from your final career goals,” Mossor said.

However, Mossor also acknowledged that students should take time to build their own passions in and outside of work. She stressed the need for self-care, especially in emotionally taxing fields like advocacy work.

For Mossor, balance and passion for serving others are what keeps her from experiencing burnout. She described hearing a simple “thank you” from clients as the most rewarding part of her job. She also emphasized that succeeding in the world of legal advocacy is special in and of itself.

“Doing this work is an absolute privilege,” she said.

Mossor participated as a panelist in the fall 2018 Penn State Liberal Arts Law Careers event. 

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