Schools share one common mission – to educate students. This mission is the same regardless of a school's location, racial composition, or size. ABC's goal is to build a pathway to that mission for schools, students, and parents to travel together for the sake of all students.
Allison R. Brown is a civil rights attorney and President of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC).
Immediately prior to founding ABC, Ms. Brown worked as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division where she and her colleagues enforced Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution as it relates to public education.
Data collection and analysis, detailed investigations, meaningful partnerships, and diplomacy all were necessary components of Ms. Brown's work. She honed her skill in each of these components in pursuit of equity for students across the country so that all students could be afforded a quality education regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, language ability, or religion.
Although she was a litigator for the Department of Justice, Ms. Brown's most fulfilling moments were when she worked together with students, parents, community members, and educators to eliminate inequity. Thus, she often coordinated investigatory activities in collaboration with other federal agencies, community partners, and advocates; and many times, she negotiated with school districts to craft agreements that would create institutional protections to foreclose the possibility of future incidents of harassment or discrimination and that included systemic remedies such as revisions to policies and procedures, curriculum enhancements, and professional development for staff.
At the Department of Justice, Ms. Brown also coordinated efforts to combat the School-to-Prison Pipeline, which effectively removes children of color, black boys in particular, from mainstream educational programs and, as a result, closes off opportunities for lifelong success. As a result of her efforts, the Civil Rights Division co-hosted with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, for the first time ever, a joint two-part conference to discuss the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The conference brought together educators, students, advocates, community organizers, juvenile justice experts, and others to discuss the Pipeline and effective ways to address it.
For her work at the Department of Justice, Ms. Brown has received the Attorney General's Meritorious Award, Special Achievement Award, and Special Commendation Award. Ms. Brown also has been recognized by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as a member of the 2012 Nation's Best Advocates: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.
Ms. Brown has worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C. After law school, Ms. Brown clerked for Justice Theodore R. Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court and for Judge David F. Hamilton of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit). Ms. Brown is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School, where she was an articles editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
Ms. Brown is admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar, the Maryland State Bar, and the Bar of the District of Columbia. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.