Equal Justice Works Fellow Moves With The Project

For the past two years, since 2008, the ACLU-DC has conducted the Fair Discipline Project, aimed at fighting unlawful, excessive and arbitrary removals of students from schools in the Metropolitan Washington Region. Through aggressive advocacy and litigation, where necessary, the Project has caused suspensions to be reversed, reduced or expunged from school records, with an 85 percent success rate. Close to 100 students who faced suspension or expulsion from school have been assisted by the Project, either through representation or advice and counsel. Because of the project’s advocacy, more students were able to stay in school and stay out of trouble.

Staff Attorney Kaitlin Dunne (recently married and now named Kaitlin Banner) has been the energy behind the Fair Discipline Project, and it has been widely praised and applauded. However, the realities of funding and the restructuring of the ACLU-DC to now include only the District of Columbia, made it prudent to seek other ways of continuing this valuable Project. As a result, the project and Kaitlin will move to the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, beginning in September. The ACLU-DC will continue to work with the project and Kaitlin to make certain that the rights of students remain protected.