Neena K. Chaudhry is Director of Education and Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center, where she has focused on gender equity in education and health/reproductive rights issues affecting women and girls.
Since joining the Center in September 1997, initially as a Georgetown University Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, she has participated in litigation and advocacy to enhance the legal protections provided by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. She has served as counsel on several cases, including Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education (in which the Supreme Court established that schools have an obligation under Title IX to address student-to-student sexual harassment), Communities for Equity v. Michigan High School Athletic Association (which held that scheduling girls’ sports, but not boys’ sports, in nontraditional seasons violates Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause), National Wrestling Coaches Association et al. v. United States Department of Education (challenge to longstanding Title IX athletic policies), Simpson v. University of Colorado (case involving allegations of University’s inaction in the face of sexual harassment/assault of female students by football players/recruits), as well as other cases involving gender equity in high school and college athletic programs.
She is one of the authors of the Center’s widely used publication—Check It Out: Is the Playing Field Level for Women and Girls at Your School?—and she has addressed gender equity in education issues in the media and before key national audiences throughout the U.S.
In addition, Ms. Chaudhry has worked to advance women’s health and reproductive rights through advocacy and public education, including helping produce the Center’s landmark women’s health report card entitled Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card, and leading the effort to produce an issue-specific report card entitled Women and Smoking: A National and State-by-State Report Card.
Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Chaudhry clerked for the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also served as a summer associate with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. and as a legislative assistant with The Council of The Great City Schools in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Chaudhry received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland at College Park with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics.
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