Nicole Dooley

Nicole is Senior Policy Counsel. She was previously an Attorney at the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and the Legal Aid Justice Center.

Nicole received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she served for a year as editor-in-chief of the Blackletter Law Journal. She also earned a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering summa cum laude from Rice University.

 After graduating from HLS, Nicole clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court. She then worked for five years for the JustChildren program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, representing children in special education and school discipline matters in the Petersburg, Virginia area. In her two years prior to joining LDF, Nicole was an attorney in the Metro (DC) regional office of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

 In her seven years of practice, Nicole has filed and investigated systemic complaints concerning students who are pushed out school rather than being provided educational services. In addition, while at OCR, Nicole worked with schools and colleges to resolve concerns of systemic violations of Title IX (discrimination based on sex), Title VI (discrimination based on race), and Section 504 (discrimination based on disability).

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