Savannah Kumar

Activist Artist and Organizer
Human Rights Scholars (2019-2020), Affiliated Graduate Students, WPS Editorial Committee, Event Speakers

Savannah Kumar (BA 2016, JD 2020, The University of Texas at Austin) is an activist artist, creating and displaying artistic pieces that challenge conditions of confinement that are often hidden from view. Kumar serves on the board of directors of the Amala Foundation, a non-profit organization offering peace-building and healing-focused programs to young people who have experienced trauma. She also serves on the board of directors of Truth Be Told, a non-profit that runs storytelling-based programs at jails and women's prisons in central Texas. Kumar holds a JD and a BA in Plan II Honors and Philosophy with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also a Human Rights Scholar at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

During summer 2019, she interned at Brooklyn Defender Services, in their Family Defense Practice. She provided legal representation to parents in child welfare cases in Brooklyn Family Court. Savannah split the summer after her 1L year between the ACLU of Texas where she worked on immigration, criminal law, and voting rights-related issues, and the Center for Court Innovation where she researched the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. During law school, Savannah also interned at the Texas Civil Rights Project, participated in both the Civil Rights Clinic and Immigration Clinic, and worked as a research fellow on environmental justice in the Environmental Clinic. Savannah was a submissions editor for the Texas Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and served as a research assistant to Professor Sanford Levinson and Professor Jennifer Laurin. She directed the “Getting Radical in the South” conference, served as a Pro Bono Scholar co-directing the Street Law Program, and was a Public Service Scholar sitting on the student advisory board for the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law. Savannah is passionate about racial justice and the conditions of confinement-related issues.