Columbia University School of Law
Policy Analyst at Poverty & Race Research Action Council
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Drafting policy briefs and conducting critical analysis of education law and policy at the federal, state and local levels. Tracking regulatory proposals and preparing comments on behalf of partner organizations. Organizing coalition meetings between researchers, advocates, and practitioners. Developing strategies and regulatory proposals for racial and economic integration in primary and secondary schools. Researching the connections between segregation in housing, access to health services, and education, and exploring implications for policymakers and legislators. Managing social media outreach.
Education law and policy research; drafting policy briefs and formal regulatory comment letters; synthesizing and disseminating current research in the field; organizing meetings of researchers, advocates, and practitioners; and generally assisting in the work of a small public interest organization.
Drafted proposed decision and motions to dismiss for state trial and appellate courts, drafted response to motion for sanctions and contempt for federal court. Attended deposition, participated in witness preparation and strategy sessions. Examined witness in Lyons v. FSU, authenticated and entered documents into evidence. Participated in appellate argument strategy sessions and attended appellate arguments. Reviewed and edited reduction in force policy for the Department of Public Instruction, researched and wrote legal memos.
Attended appellate arguments, researched legal issues (in particular a complex causation issue in the appeal of a murder conviction in a case of first impression on unique facts), wrote memos, compiled information from case law and organized into readily accessible formats for use in challenging North Carolina's use of the death penalty, drafted litigation guide regarding family law issues for new attorneys.
Maintained relations between staff and patrons, oversaw safety of over 400 families, provided rescue and first aid, and acted as liaison between staff and Sharkey's Pool Service.
Supervised equipment safety and preparation, and acted as guide for groups.
Shadow Report examining the United States' progress, or lack thereof, in achieving compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination with regard to education. See the response and education recommendations of the CERD Committee on pp. 6-7 here: http://www.ushrnetwork.org/sites/ushrnetwork.org/files/cerd_concluding_observations2014.pdf.
This article, centered on emerging neuroscience regarding children raised in high-poverty environments, discusses how science demonstrates a strong, arguably causal connection, between high-poverty environments and differences in developing brain architecture, and suggests that states should concentrate efforts to decrease areas of concentrated areas of poverty in order to provide these students with an equal educational opportunity.
Highest Honors for senior poetry thesis "Shaking the Still"
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