Bethany Copeland

Human Rights Scholar (2018-2019); Law
WPS Editorial Committee Human Rights Scholars Alumni

Bethany Copeland (BA 2016, Wheaton College; JD expected 2020) interned this past summer at the Capital Area Private Defender Service in Austin, Texas. While there, she reviewed criminal cases for DNA materiality to prepare for post-conviction writs and assisted A-Panel attorneys with felony cases. Prior to starting at Texas Law, Bethany interned for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, The American Red Cross, and World Relief. She also studied abroad in Ethiopia, which fostered her passion for international human rights work. At Texas Law, Bethany is involved with The American Journal of Criminal Law, the American Constitutional Society, the Legal Research Board, and pro bono projects. She is also participating in the Human Rights clinic this year. Upon graduating, Bethany hopes to work advancing human rights, ideally within the criminal justice system.