Lauren Brady

Director of Legal Advocacy

Lauren Brady is the Director of Legal Advocacy at the Youth Law Center, where she supports YLC's legal team to center the voices and experiences of young people in their efforts to fundamentally reimagine the systems that have impacted their lives. Her work utilizes movement based lawyering strategies that focus on returning power, investment and attention to communities and families so that youth can thrive. Prior to joining the Youth Law Center, Lauren supported a variety of youth-serving nonprofits in leadership capacities, including Bay Area Legal Aid's Youth Justice Project, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), Project Reconnect and the East Bay Agency for Children, among others. She served as the Directing Attorney of the Statewide Education Rights Project at Public Counsel, where she worked to develop and support community capacity across California to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Before working at Public Counsel, Lauren founded and directed the Legal Educational Advocacy Project at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office - a first of its kind program providing special education and school discipline representation and other educational support to young people impacted by the juvenile justice system. At the beginning of her legal career, Lauren was a Skadden Fellow and then staff attorney at Legal Services for Children, where she provided direct representation to children and youth in education, dependency, guardianship and immigration matters.


JD, Stanford Law School, 2006
BA, Princeton University, 2003

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