Megan PorterStaff Attorney, Justice Project
Megan is a Staff Attorney with our Justice Project on the mass decarceration portfolio. She supports prison and jail closure campaigns and prison organizing work. Megan graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelors in Public Policy Studies. She received her juris doctorate cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. At Moritz, she was the President of Outlaws, the LGBTQAI+ affinity group, and organized members for mutual aid, direct service, and political education efforts for queer, trans, and gender-expansive communities. She was a Public Service Fellow with Dean’s Highest Honors for providing over 450 hours of pro bono work during law school and a Michael E. Moritz Merit Scholar.
During law school, she worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on claims against cities for inequitable public funding of Black and brown neighborhoods, housing and disability discrimination claims, and private prison work; the Federal Public Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit, on post-conviction appeals for death row clients; the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, providing direct support to community members experiencing workplace sexual violence, whistleblowers against their employers, and race and disability discrimination claims in the Delta; the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, collaborating with movement lawyers providing eviction defense and supporting the Right to Counsel Coalition in NYC; and a Research Assistant for Professor Amna Akbar, supporting their research on abolition, defund / divest campaigns, grassroots organizing tactics, and non-reformist social movements. She volunteered as a Legal Observer for the National Lawyers Guild at direct actions. Before law school, she worked as a housing access, poverty, community displacement researcher in Chicago and volunteered with a community lawyering organization that represented local organizing collectives.
Megan is admitted to practice law in Ohio.