Laurel joined the Florida Justice Institute in 2021 as a Harvard Law School Public Service Venture Fund Fellow. She graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a B.A. in International Politics, a B.S. in Agricultural Science, and a Masters of International Affairs. After working as an organizer for several political campaigns, she attended Harvard Law School where she was named a Presidential Scholar for her work and commitment to public service. During law school, she served as a Policy Editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and was an executive board member of the Prison Legal Assistance Project, where she represented incarcerated clients at prison disciplinary hearings. She also provided direct legal representation to disabled tenants through the Housing Law Clinic, worked on capital defense cases through an externship with the Southern Center for Human Rights, and advocated for the rights of low-income and incarcerated clients in West Virginia during her internship with Mountain State Justice. She is a member of the Florida Bar.