Janeen Steel is a Rebellious Lawyer.
Janeen Steel earned her Juris Doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she received the UCLA La Raza Alumni Association Cesar Chavez Summer Fellowship to create the blueprint for her future – the Learning Rights Manual, an advocacy guide for families of students with disabilities. Janeen received an Echoing Green Fellowship, which allowed her to create the Learning Rights Project under the auspices of the Disability Rights Legal Center (at Loyola Law School), where she practiced for five years. In September 2005, she took the project independent and co-founded a new nonprofit, Learning Rights Law Center.
Janeen Steel was the founding Executive Director of Learning Rights Law Center from 2005-2012, overseeing and managing all aspects of the nonprofit, including supervision of attorneys, fundraising, marketing, finances and, board development as well as the direct representation of clients in federal civil rights actions and special education administrative hearings. Starting in 2012 she became the Co-Executive Director, where she oversees the organizations programs and supervises all aspects of Learning Right’s advocacy efforts, including supervising staff attorneys, directly representing clients, overseeing all programs and spearheading policy initiatives. Janeen makes time to teach others the importance of the rights of all children in the education system. She has been a Visiting Professor at some of California’s most prestigious law schools and regularly conducts workshops, trainings and seminars at community based organizations throughout Los Angeles County
Here are links about Janeen Steel’s rebellious lawyering work.