Sydney O. Wright-Schaner

Associate

Overview

Sydney Wright-Schaner is an associate with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the Transactions Practice.

Sydney previously served as a summer associate at Foley in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Prior to joining Foley, Sydney gained experience with a Bethesda-based law firm as a paralegal and as a research assistant for a Georgetown University Law Center professor. Sydney practiced as a student attorney with Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic in the D.C. Superior Court.

Education

Sydney earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 2017). During this time she served as managing editor of notes for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and received The Saint Thomas More Award for her outstanding student work in legal ethics.

Sydney received her undergraduate degree from Hamilton College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2013), where she majored in creative writing and minored in French. She was a recipient of the Thomas E. Meehan Prize for her work in creative writing. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad at University of Oxford in England.

Admissions

Sydney is admitted to practice in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Community Engagement

Sydney has been involved in the community. She served as a tutor and volunteer for the District Alliance for Safe Housing, literacy aide for the Clinton Early Learning Center, tutor for Project Shine, and volunteer for the Humane Rescue Alliance.

Languages

Sydney is proficient in French.

Publications

Sydney is the author of “The Immoral Character of “Good Moral Character”—The Discriminatory Potential of the Bar’s Character and Fitness Determination in Jurisdictions Employing Categorical Rules Preventing or Impeding Former Felons from Becoming Barred,” 29 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 1427 (2016).

Representative Matters

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Defended a Uighur refugee fleeing political and religious persecution from the Chinese Government in asylum proceeding before U.S. Immigration Court.

Capabilities