Kyra Taylor graduated from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2016. While in law school, Kyra researched the impact of unsolved homicides on Oakland communities with the International Human Rights Law Clinic and helped previously incarcerated individuals gain employment and clean their criminal records as part of the East Bay Community Law Center’s Clean Slate clinic. Kyra was the Co-Director of the Civil Rights Outreach Project, a student legal services organization, where she provided legal education and legal services to the Muslim community in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a research assistant for the Henderson Center for Social Justice, where she investigated how to apply Ideo’s “human centered design” process to increase the efficacy of human services and pro-bono legal services. She was selected as an Academic Support Program tutor for first year law students. Kyra was a publications editor for the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, a member of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and member of Berkeley’s 2015 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. Kyra was a Senior Board Member of the Boalt Hall Women’s Association. Kyra was selected as one of the best oral advocates in the 2016 class during her first year written and oral advocacy class.
Prior to coming to Tycko & Zavareei, Kyra completed a 9 month fellowship with Public Justice, a public interest impact litigation firm in Washington, D.C.. During her law school summers, Kyra worked with the Alameda and San Francisco County District Attorneys offices, where she litigated a misdemeanor jury trial, a misdemeanor bench trial, felony preliminary hearings, and an array of motions.
Before law school, Kyra was a teacher and a community organizer. Kyra taught for three years as a founding teacher in two schools in low-income communities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and East Harlem, New York. Kyra also worked with the immigrant advocacy organization Make the Road New York, where she was involved in education organizing, fundraising, and making municipal identification cards a reality in New York City.
Kyra graduated cum laude with a degree in English from Temple University’s Honor Program in 2009. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Kyra is admitted to the State Bar of Maryland.