Adjunct Professor of Law
Janel George is Senior Education Policy Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she uses legislative and policy advocacy to promote racial justice and equal educational opportunity. She works on a broad range of education issues, including early childhood education, special education, access to higher education, and equitable resource distribution, among many others. As a member of multiple coalitions, she employs multi-stakeholder approaches to eliminate racial disparities and promote equitable school policies and practices to help dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Prior to joining LDF, Professor George served for over half a decade as Legislative Counsel and Legislative Assistant to a senior U.S. Senator and a junior Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In her roles, Professor George managed education, health care, judiciary, and other domestic policy issues, and participated in the crafting and implementation of comprehensive health care reform and other key legislation. She also advised on a wide range of civil rights and related issues—including fair pay for women, the reauthorization of Title IV-E waivers in the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, the DREAM Act, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, higher education affordability legislation, and anti-bullying legislation.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Professor George served as a Guardian ad litem in complex custody cases and trained pro bono attorneys on custody law with the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. She was awarded a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship by Georgetown University Law Center and served as Legislative Counsel with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), handling reproductive justice, immigration reform, health equity, and domestic violence prevention issues impacting Asian and Pacific Islander women.
Professor George received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, received the State Bar Academic Achievement Award for family law, represented incarcerated clients in the Family Law Project, and was honored by the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, the Children’s Justice Project, and Foley and Lardner. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She has authored papers on reproductive justice, health care, and education—most recently: Stereotype and School Pushout: Race, Gender, and Discipline Disparities, 68 Ark. L. Rev. 101 (2015) and Beyond a Beautiful Fraud: Using a Human Rights Framework to Realize the Promise of Democracy, 42 U. Balt. L. Rev. 277 (2013). She is a member of the National Bar Association (Greater Washington Area Chapter) and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Wisconsin.