B.A., University of Arizona; J.D., Georgetown
Amber W. Harding is a staff attorney and founder and director of the David M Booth Disability Rights Initiative at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Ms. Harding joined the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in 2003 as a Steptoe & Johnson Equal Justice Works Fellow after receiving a law degree from Georgetown University and a degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Through direct legal representation and policy advocacy, Ms. Harding advocates for the rights of District of Columbia residents with disabilities to equal access to emergency shelter and housing. Her work focuses on improving the disability-rights compliance of DC, particularly the DC-funded emergency shelter system; developing, improving, and monitoring subsidized housing resources (including permanent supportive housing); enforcing the right to shelter in severe weather; improving access to the courts for persons with disabilities; and fighting zoning discrimination and “NIMBYism” that prevent the siting of affordable housing and supportive services across the city. In 2007, she received the Citizen Advocate award from the DC Center for Independent Living. In 2011, her work on improving the accessibility of emergency shelters was cited as a “particularly noteworthy” example of a successful reform campaign by the Shriver Center’s Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys. In 2013, she received the Excellence in Advocacy, State Issue Campaign award from Professional Women in Advocacy and recognition for “deep commitment to and outstanding legal support of Washington D.C.’s homeless” from Shelter, Housing and Respectful Change (SHARC).