“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” – Jane Addams

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Education: J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Known around the office as: a great listener

Recognizable by: her awesome, calming office decorations

Heather Renwick joined the CFSY team in summer 2014 as the litigation counsel.  In this role, she serves as a resource for Miller litigation in Virginia and around the country.

Heather is no stranger to human rights and social justice work. Upon graduation from Wake Forest University, she researched issues of human trafficking in Bulgaria as a United States Fulbright Fellow. Afterwards, she worked in Washington, DC and Nairobi, Kenya on issues of pre-trial detention and sexual violence against minors.

After spending several years working on international human rights issues, Heather decided to attend law school and shift her focus to domestic issues, recognizing that many injustices are perpetuated in the United States as well.

Heather worked as a clinical fellow at the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern School of Law. As a fellow, she coordinated an exhaustive study of juvenile parole in Illinois on behalf of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. She later worked as a senior associate at WilmerHale in Washington D.C. with a practice focused on investigations and criminal litigation.  Heather has experience in capital defense, representing youth in conflict with the law, and civil rights class action litigation.  Heather also has taught trial advocacy at law schools in Ukraine.

Heather is passionate about reforming the criminal justice system and protecting the rights and uniqueness of children.  When Heather is not working tirelessly for human rights reform, she can be found bike riding, hiking, and quoting Jane Addams.