Claire Nilsen Blumenson

  • Hosted by Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school University of Virginia School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Education/Special Education, Prisoners' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2011
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Claire provided no-cost special education representation to older youth (18+) placed at the secure detention facility in D.C. Claire investigated the youths’ special education entitlements and developed applicable legal claims. Additionally, Claire followed the educational progress of youth from incarceration to reentry, focusing on obtaining appropriate educational placements and related services.

I felt drawn to the law as a way to advocate for those who are often silenced, whether by age, race, class or other circumstances.

Claire Nilsen Blumenson /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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