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Stephanie Duke

  • Hosted by Disability Rights Texas
  • Sponsored by Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Project

Stephanie Duke is a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow serving in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps. With a previous career in special education, Stephanie is passionate about supporting and advocating for integration and equitable opportunities for students with disabilities.

Disability Rights Texas provides a wide range of services for people with disabilities, from training to legal services to ensure that the rights of Texans with disabilities are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability. The Harvey relief project was initiated to ensure that disaster planning and recovery programs account for the needs of individuals with disabilities. Stephanie’s project aids individuals with disabilities impacted by Harvey that resided in Harris County when the hurricane hit, with a specific focus on zip codes: 77016, 77088, and 77077. She provides legal advice, resources, and supports to address FEMA denials and to obtain or maintain disability related services, such as accessible housing, continued employment, health care needs and access to special education programming.

Prior to joining the DRLC, Stephanie interned and clerked for Disability Rights Texas, through both the Access to Justice law internship and as a Houston Bar Association Employment Law Clerk. Stephanie earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, an M.Ed. from Houston Baptist University, and a J.D. from the Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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Disabled veteran's claim rejected by FEMA

With a previous career in education, I learned the importance of supporting and advocating for integration and equitable opportunities for students with disabilities.  

Stephanie Duke /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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