Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Molly Pearlman

2015 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Molly Pearlman received a J.D. at CUNY Law School in 2021 and interned at Brooklyn Defender Services while in school.

She graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 studying sociology, environment studies, and social justice and social policy. After high school in Cooperstown, N.Y., Molly spent a year traveling the southwestern United States working at various nonprofit and government organizations as a member of the Corporation for National and Community Service Program, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). In her spring 2015 semester at Brandeis, Molly studied language, culture and sustainable community service in the Dominican Republic.

Molly co-founded Students against Mass Incarceration, which works to raise awareness and combat the racism and prejudice involved in the U.S. judicial system.

Criminal justice has become Molly’s greatest passion. She worked at the Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in New Orleans. She has supplemented her academic understanding about this large-reaching system by acting as a legislative intern in Mass. State Senator Michael Barrett’s office and at the Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism. Molly hopes to work as an investigator in the future.