Claire Blumenson & Sarah Comeau

Year
2013
Location
Washington D.C.
Amount
$70,000
Term
June 2013–December 2014

Claire Blumenson and Sarah Comeau are 2013 Black Male Achievement Fellows.

Claire Nilsen Blumenson is cofounder and co-executive director of the School Justice Project, a nonprofit legal services organization providing special education legal representation to the District of Columbia's oldest court-involved youth (ages 17–22).

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Blumenson worked as a special education attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), representing youth ages 18–22 committed to the custody of the D.C.’s juvenile justice agency and placed in its secure facility. Prior to working at PDS, she joined Teach For America and taught third and fourth grade at Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, New York.

Blumenson received her BA from Wesleyan University, where she majored in government, sociology, and psychology. In 2008, Blumenson enrolled in the University of Virginia School of Law, focusing on the link between academic failure and juvenile delinquency.

Sarah Comeau is cofounder and co-executive director of the School Justice Project, a nonprofit legal services organization providing special education legal representation to the District of Columbia's oldest court-involved youth (ages 17–22).

After law school, she was a post-graduate fellow in the Juvenile Services Program at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She also served as 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. During law school she represented youth and adults as a student defense attorney. Comeau received a BS from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications.

She received a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL), where she was Note & Comment Editor for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & The Law.