Cara McClellan

Cara joins the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) as a Skadden Fellow. Prior to joining LDF, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and to the Honorable Andre M. Davis of 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. 

During law school, Cara participated in clinics where she represented youth in neglect and abuse proceedings and in expulsion proceedings. She served as a Comments Editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Cara spent her law school summers as an intern at LDF, an intern at the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division—Educational Opportunities Section, and as a summer associate at WilmerHale.

Cara previously taught middle school with Teach for America in Philadelphia. She is a co-founder of the educational advocacy organization My Sister’s Keeper Collective. Cara has published in the Yale Journal of Sociology, Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia, and the Huffington Post.

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