Allison R. Brown
President, Allison Brown Consulting, LLC
It is nearly impossible for anyone to survive in today's world without a quality education. Allison R. Brown has witnessed first-hand the struggles that children and families must endure when they do not have the tools that a proper education can provide, and she has dedicated her life to serving those children and families and ensuring that they receive a solid educational foundation that will serve them throughout their years. Ms. Brown is the President and Founder of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC), LLC, which is the missing link between educators, students, families, and other key stakeholders. Ms. Brown brings stakeholders together to work toward attaining excellence in their schools through equity. ABC assists communities to craft viable solutions to issues (such as academic achievement gaps, racial disparities in student discipline, lack of transparency and communication) that have been identified by community members.
Prior to launching ABC, Ms. Brown was a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division's Educational Opportunities Section. There, data collection and analysis, partnerships with key stakeholders, diplomacy, and overall relationship-building were the cornerstones of her work, and she mastered each of these in pursuit of equity so that all students could be afforded a quality education regardless of their race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, English language proficiency, or religion. Ms. Brown litigated cases and often negotiated with K-12 school districts to eliminate discrimination and inequity. She coordinated investigatory activities in collaboration with other federal agencies, community partners, and advocates. For many cases, she crafted agreements that created institutional protections to foreclose the possibility of future incidents of harassment or discrimination and that included systemic remedies such as revisions to policies and procedures, curriculum enhancements, and provision of professional development for staff. Ms. Brown also initiated, developed, and led the Civil Rights Division's efforts to combat the School-to-Prison Pipeline. As a result, the Department of Justice co-hosted with the Department of Education, for the first time ever, a two-day conference to address racial disparities in student discipline. As creator and main organizer of the conference, Ms. Brown brought together academics, advocates, community organizers, juvenile justice experts, and others to discuss the Pipeline and effective ways to eliminate it.
In 2008, Ms. Brown founded Judicial Clerk Review, LLC, which assists lawyers and law students in applying for judicial clerkships. Through her own experience as a law clerk, Ms. Brown learned of the power in that position. She also learned of the unique perspective that she brought to bear in chambers because of her background and experiences. As such, part of JCR's core mission is to educate law students and lawyers of color about the value of judicial clerkships and to encourage them and support them in applying. Recently, she has recruited partners and begun to develop a mock trial program for under-served middle school students in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Brown also has worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C. After law school, Ms. Brown clerked for Justice Theodore R. Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court and for Judge David F. Hamilton, formerly of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, who was later confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ms. Brown graduated in 2002 from Harvard Law School, where she was an articles editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Ms. Brown graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 1998. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Derek Andrews, and their two children, Masai (9 years old) and Zora (6 years old).