Claire Blumenson, Esq., Executive Director & Co-Founder
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.
Sarah Comeau, Esq., Deputy Director & Co-Founder
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. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. Sarah is an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the state of New York.
Rachel Russo, 2014 SJP Legal Fellow
Rachel graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2014 and joins SJP as a postgraduate legal fellow. While in law school, Rachel interned at the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland. During her final year of law school, she served as a student attorney in Georgetown's Juvenile Justice Clinic. Rachel focused her practice on youth committed to the District's juvenile justice agency and also served as a teaching assistant for a course on representing committed youth.
Prior to law school, Rachel volunteered with youth in foster care and students with disabilities, experiences that informed her decision to go to law school to focus on youth advocacy. Rachel earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art History from the University of Miami.
Kate A. Martin, Chair
Angela Kennedy Acree