Press Releases

December 08, 2015

Public Counsel Welcomes New Directing Attorney of Statewide Education Rights Project


Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono law firm, is pleased to announce Lauren Brady is the new Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Statewide Education Rights Project. The project unites litigation, legislative and policy change, direct service and community partnerships to create a model for education reform across California.

Brady comes to Public Counsel from the San Francisco Public Defender's office, where she ran a program to provide education advocacy to juvenile clients. Before that, she was a senior staff attorney at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, where her work included education-related legal services and education policy work. 

"Lauren's collaborative approach, coupled with her great strengths in coalition-building and community lawyering makes her an ideal leader for Public Counsel's education reform projects," said Rand April, interim CEO of Public Counsel. "The fact that she's worked in a variety of contexts--in the public sector with youth in the delinquency system, and in direct legal services at a non-profit--has shaped a broad understanding of the issues. In addition, her experience working with pro bono attorneys shaped an appreciation for our pro bono mission and how to leverage pro bono to expand the impact of our work."

"I'm thrilled to be joining Public Counsel in a year when we've had several big wins in education rights and juvenile justice reform for youth across California. Our victories include the passage of statewide legislation to invest in school climate reforms, the groundbreaking settlement to ban solitary confinement and ensure appropriate education for young people with disabilities in custody in Contra Costa county, and local efforts for dedicated funding for restorative justice in Oakland and Los Angeles school districts," said Brady. "We want to continue that momentum, and also keep a sharp focus on monitoring to ensure these changes stick." 

Prior to Public Counsel, Brady was a deputy public defender and the director of the Legal Educational Advocacy Project (LEAP) at the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. LEAP is a first-of-its-kind program which provides legal and social work services in the areas of school discipline, special education, and truancy to juvenile clients of the Public Defender's Office, in addition to training and policy advocacy. Prior to launching the LEAP program at the Public Defender's Office, Lauren was a senior staff attorney and director of the Education Project at Legal Services for Children (LSC), a non-profit civil legal services organization in San Francisco. At LSC, Lauren represented juvenile clients in the areas of child welfare, education, probate guardianship and immigration.

Brady earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2006, and began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at Legal Services for Children. She earned a B.A. in Public & International Affairs from Princeton University. Lauren is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Roses in Concrete, a charter school in East Oakland.

Lauren is working in Public Counsel's Berkeley office.