Alyssa began her legal career as a litigation associate at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius before joining the Education Law Center in Philadelphia where she worked as a staff attorney on class action litigation to protect the rights of students with disabilities. Upon moving to Baltimore, she was appointed managing attorney and then director of legal advocacy at Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center). Over the course of nearly twenty years at DRM, Alyssa provided direct representation to clients and led policy and legislative advocacy initiatives involving special education, school discipline, limited English proficiency, juvenile justice, and voting. A 2014 recipient of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award, Alyssa has also devoted herself throughout her career to the supervision and mentorship of young attorneys and law students, providing guidance particularly in the areas of fellowships and career development. Alyssa received her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Literature from Harvard University and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
Kate received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2013. She began her legal career as an Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellow with Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), where she worked to address systemic issues in state-funded public transportation that affected accessibility for thousands of low-income people with disabilities, which ultimately lead to the filing of a class action lawsuit. Following her fellowship, Kate joined DRM as a Staff Attorney with a focus on community inclusion for people with disabilities. Prior to attending law school, Kate earned her B.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware and worked in events and communications at the British Council, a non-profit serving as the cultural department of the British Embassy in Washington D.C. Kate was recently named a 2019-20 Fellow of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland's Professional Skills Academy.
Jernee brings to the office more than 10 years of law firm experience, in which she focused on the professional development and legal training of attorneys. After completing her undergraduate education, Jernee joined the Recruiting and Marketing Department of Swidler Berlin (now merged with Bingham McCutchen LLP), where she oversaw the legal training initiatives in both the Washington, D.C., and New York offices. Jernee then worked at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she was responsible for training initiatives and the professional development of attorneys in the Washington, D.C., office. In addition, she served as a liaison to Willkie’s Womens’ Initiative, Professional Development and Diversity committees. In her current role, Jernee continues her commitment to professional development and diversity initiatives.
Alyson is a former commercial litigation associate with a large firm and a boutique trial firm and practiced in the areas of product liability, antitrust, employment and insurance coverage law. Alyson then worked as a legal search consultant for law firms and corporations in the Washington, D.C., metro region. In this role she acquired a broad understanding of the variety of legal specialties, as well as expert knowledge about the hiring practices of employers in the region, including large and boutique law firms, corporate law departments and federal agencies, and assisted hundreds of attorneys with their job search. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago. In her current role, Alyson develops resources, programming, publications and counseling tools that prepare students for success beyond law school.