Rachel Judd

  • Hosted by Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
  • Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Service location Denver, Colorado
  • Law school Yale Law School
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Rachel will provide individual representation and systemic advocacy to keep at-risk (low-income, special needs, and minority) Denver-area students in school and out of court when facing disciplinary proceedings.

The last decade of research shows certain school policies, including suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to the police, increase the likelihood both that a student will drop out of high school and that they will enter the criminal justice system. These policies disproportionately affect the most at-risk youth, minorities and those with special needs, punishing them more harshly than others for the same behaviors. Despite recent legislative advancements in Colorado, punitive, harmful practices persist in several districts, and racial disparities have increased in several metro-area districts. Individual representation in discipline hearings, as well as policy advocacy and community education, are critical to ensure youth stay in school and actually benefit from the new laws.

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