Cara McClellan is Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund where she works primarily on education access and ending the criminalization of youth of color. She is a co-author of the report Our Girls, Our Future: Investing in Opportunity and Reducing Reliance on the Criminal Justice System in Baltimore and counsel on lawsuits including SFFA v. Harvard, Robinson v. Wentzell, Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education, and I.S. v. Binghamton School District. She has published in the Columbia Journal of Race & Law, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia, The Hill, and the Huffington Post.
Prior to joining LDF, Cara was a law clerk on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Cara graduated with honors from Yale College, received an M.S.Ed. from Penn Graduate School of Education and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She previously taught middle school with Teach for America in Philadelphia.