Sharon Fischlowitz is the program coordinator at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. As a public interest lawyer her scholarship focuses on the social justice applicability and use of the early medieval legal texts of the barbarians. She has taught poverty law as an adjunct at Mitchell Hamline since 2009 and religious school at Temple Israel since 2001. She sits on the boards of the Lexington-Hamline Community Council, the Twin Cities based dance company Black Label Movement and on the advisory board of MN-LRAP, the Minnesota Loan Repayment Assistance Program. She served on the staffs of Congressman Bruce F. Vento, Equal Justice Works, the University of Minnesota Center for Medieval Studies and the Minnesota Justice Foundation, where she was its first VISTA Volunteer attorney and later its executive director. She earned a Comparative Arts degree from Washington University. Awards include a CALI award in Legal History.