Move over, Tiffany Trump. It turns out you’re not the only offspring from the pinnacle of the executive branch who’s juggling torts and contracts as a first-year law student.
Audrey Pence, the youngest daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, is wrapping up her first year at Yale Law School.
While Tiffany Trump’s journey to law school generated reams of coverage in the mainstream and legal presses (Above The Law meticulously tracked her visits to Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law last year before she settled on Georgetown University Law Center) and The Washington Post’s Beltway gossip column has followed her every move this academic year, Pence’s enrollment at Yale has largely flown under the radar.
But the vice president disclosed his daughter’s legal ambitions on March 14 during a speech at the Independent Women’s Forum marking Women’s History Month.
“And my daughter, Audrey, is up at a law school in Connecticut and doing real well in her first year,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
He didn’t mention Yale by name, but his daughter is indeed enrolled at the New Haven campus, which this week was anointed yet again by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s best. Audrey Pence declined an interview through a Yale Law School spokeswoman.
It seems she’s been keeping busy on campus. She is listed as one of the 19 members of the law school’s Title IX Working Group, which “advises on policies and efforts to address campus climate,” regarding sexual harassment and assault. That group also creates educational programming and publications related to Title IX issues. (Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination on college campuses.) You can check out her December presentation on using employment law to combat sex discrimination in the workplace here.
Audrey Pence appears to be the family’s more liberal member. She told an Indiana news station in 2013 that she is politically independent and socially liberal. “Probably the person I get the most respect from is my dad on that and he has always … he tells me so many times, ‘I am proud of you for having your own opinions and looking into things,’” Audrey Pence told the station.
The first-year law student graduated from Boston’s Northeastern University in 2017 with a degree in international affairs. As a senior, she completed an internship at the Turkey-based nonprofit Fuller Project for International Reporting. While there, she worked on stories ranging from the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide to Syrian journalists working in Turkey, according to an article on Northeastern’s website.
“We had to be extremely careful when writing that story when it came to names and locations,” Pence told the campus publication.
The rest of the Pence family has been in the news this week, with the release of “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President,” a children’s book that offers a bunny’s take on the vice president. It’s written by Mike Pence’s eldest daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by his wife, Karen Pence. The book is based on the family’s real-life rabbit, named Marlon Bundo.
The book has seen a pop culture moment after John Oliver on March 18 unveiled a spoof on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” Oliver’s version, called, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” chronicles a gay romance between two bunnies. Oliver encouraged viewers to buy the book, “because you know it would annoy Mike Pence.”
As of Tuesday, the parody was outselling the original book on Amazon. Charlotte Pence was sanguine about her book’s rival as a guest on “The View” Tuesday. “We have two books giving to charities that are about bunnies so I’m all for it really,” she said.