Lauren Onkeles-Klein

Practitioner-in-Residence,
Disability Rights Law Clinic

Office: Room Y252
Phone: 202-274-4176
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Lauren Onkeles-Klein joins American University Washington College of Law as a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Disability Rights Law Clinic. Prior to WCL, Professor Onkeles-Klein was a Senior Supervising Attorney at Children’s Law Center, working within their medical legal partnership. While there, Professor Onkeles-Klein litigated cases relating to access to education and special education, access to medical care, housing conditions, family law, and permanency for children in the abuse and neglect system. She also worked on policies, laws and regulations to improve special education, increase language access for limited English proficient (LEP) populations, and provide legislative protections for families receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Professor Onkeles-Klein has served as co-chair for D.C.’s Special Education Attorney Roundtable and as a member of the Advisory Board for Ayuda’s Community Legal Interpreter Bank. Professor Onkeles-Klein also worked at the ABA’s Center on Children and the Law where she co-authored a publication for judges and attorneys to help improve outcomes for youth aging out of foster care.

Professor Onkeles-Klein was a managing editor for the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law’s Annual Review. She was an Equal Justice Works fellow, and in 2004 received the Jeffrey Crandall Award for Public Service and a Frederick B. Abramson Public Interest Fellowship Award.

Professor Onkeles-Klein is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras where she worked on areas of environmental protection and NGO and small business development.





Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison