Rachael Deane

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(Richmond) Rachael joined the JustChildren program in 2016 and became its Legal Director in 2017.  Her work has focused on shaping JustChildren’s litigation and policy efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline and to reform Virginia’s public school funding system.  Prior to joining JustChildren, Rachael for Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME) and the National Fair Housing Alliance, where she developed systemic investigations and impact litigation aimed at eliminating residential segregation and concentrated poverty.  In 2012, she received a “Top 40 Under 40” award from the Virginia Housing Coalition for her work as a fair housing advocate.  Rachael earned her B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she participated in the Education Rights Clinic.  Rachael interned with LAJC’s JustChildren and Economic Justice programs during law school.



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