Sarah Comeau, Esq., Co-Executive Director
Sarah graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) cum laude in 2011. Prior to co-founding the School Justice Project, Sarah was an associate at a District of Columbia law firm that specialized in special education advocacy, representing students and families of students involved in both the juvenile justice and abuse and neglect systems. After graduating from law school, Sarah was awarded a JD Distinguished Fellowship at the Juvenile Services Program at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.
Sarah focused her law school career on indigent representation and the protection of civil and human rights. She was a student defense practitioner at WCL's Criminal Justice Clinic, a law clerk at a Maryland law firm that specialized in post-conviction representation, and an advocate for international human rights. She also interned for the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera, learning the intricacies of appellate practice. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications.
Sarah was recently appointed to DC Superior Court's Special Education Panel, and she will be able to take court-appointed cases upon completion of her training in November 2013. She is an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the state of New York.
Claire Blumenson, Esq., Co-Executive Director
Claire has focused her career on the intersection of juvenile justice and education. After graduating from University of Virginia Law in 2011, Claire joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Through this two-year fellowship, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, Claire provided post-disposition special education representation to youth ages 18-22 who had been placed in DC's secure juvenile facility.
Prior to working at PDS, Claire received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, majoring in government, sociology, and psychology. Claire earned her Masters in Teaching while serving as a corps member of Teach for America in Brooklyn, New York. Claire taught third and fourth grade at Excellence Boys Charter School, part of the Uncommon Schools, Inc.
Claire is an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Kate A. Martin, Chair