Prior to joining Georgetown Law’s clinical faculty, Professor Janel George was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Learning Policy Institute where she co-led the Equitable Resources and Access team. Her work focused on racial equity, education as a civil right, school segregation, resource equity and school finance reform, community schools, and other issues that shape equity and access in K-12 education. She is coauthor on the report The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promise and Present Challenges, with Linda Darling-Hammond.
She has over a decade of experience working on legislative and policy advocacy and analysis, including as a legal fellow and counsel with several non-profits. She also served as Legislative Counsel in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, during which time her legislative portfolio included civil rights, judiciary, child welfare, health care, and education issues.
As Senior Education Policy Counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), she managed a broad range of education issues and worked with several campaigns and coalitions. She co-authored the report Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, as well as law review articles on race and gender and the school-to-prison-pipeline. She also helped to advance the federal policy work of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), including securing provisions to support positive and inclusive school climates in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
She has taught as an adjunct at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
She began her legal career as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with Georgetown University Law Center. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, and Spelman College.