Kayla Higgins

Kayla Higgins, Honor Scholar, Class of 2016

Honor Scholar

Class of 2016

Kayla Higgins graduated from the University of Chicago in 2011 with a B.A. in Law, Letters & Society. She wrote her honors thesis about slum legislation in South Africa, where she studied abroad during her junior year. Before starting law school, Kayla spent a year working as a research assistant and volunteering at the Cook County Public Defender's Office. She also spent a year in Israel studying Torah and Jewish concepts of social justice in an egalitarian yeshiva based in Jerusalem.

Since her 1L year, Kayla has volunteered with Cabrini Green Legal Aid, helping people to seal or expunge their criminal records.  She spent her 1L summer working with the Legal Assistance Foundation's Housing Practice Group as a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Intern, helping to defend evictions and voucher terminations of people living in subsidized housing, and also did housing defense work her 2L summer at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in New York City.

Kayla is currently on the executive board of the Moot Court Honor Society and Law Review. She is also on the board of the Chicago-Kent chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the American Constitution Society. In her free time she enjoys riding her bicycle around Chicago, reading graphic novels, and searching for the perfect chocolate ice cream.