Robert Poggenklass

Rob joined LAJC in 2020 to work on the Fund Our Schools campaign as part of the JustChildren Program. Before LAJC, Rob led the Race Equity Project at Iowa Legal Aid, where he focused on reducing barriers to employment, housing, education, and transportation for people with previous criminal legal involvement in his home state of Iowa. He previously worked on criminal justice policy as the Tony Dunn Legal Fellow at the ACLU of Virginia, and spent 3 ½ years as a public defender in Newport News, Va. In 2010, Rob was the Virginia State Bar’s recipient of the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. He has also served on the Iowa State Bar Association’s Student Debt Task Force and the VSB’s Special Committee on Access to Legal Services. He is a 2010 graduate of William & Mary Law School and earned his B.A. in philosophy from Cornell College.


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