Renuka Rege is a Staff Attorney in the Public Justice Center’s Education Stability Project. She joined the PJC in September 2016. Renuka works to counteract the problem of school pushout driven by suspension, expulsion, transfers to alternative schools, and the lack of positive school climates using a combination of individual representation, community education, and systemic advocacy. She graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was involved in the Child Advocacy and Education Law Clinics. During law school, she interned at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, and the Education Law Center. Before law school, Renuka worked at a public school in Houston, Texas as a tutor for sixth grade students in reading skills. She graduated magna cum laude from Rice University in 2012, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Anthropology.
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Monisha Cherayil came to the Public Justice Center in 2009 as a Francis D. Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow, and currently practices as a staff attorney in the PJC’s Education Stability and Workplace Justice Projects. Her accomplishments include helping to launch the Maryland Suspension Representation Project – a statewide effort to provide free legal representation to students facing disciplinary removals from school; securing settlements to recover unpaid wages and damages on behalf of classes of restaurant workers, construction workers, roadside flaggers, and other low-wage employees; and successfully advocating for legislation to allow unaccompanied homeless youth to pursue college tuition-free. Her practice reflects a commitment to the PJC model of enforcing and expanding the rights of oppressed individuals while pursuing systemic change.
Prior to joining the PJC, Monisha clerked for the Honorable Judge Phyllis Thompson on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She also worked for Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Boston, and the Harrison Institute for Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. Monisha graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with honors in 2008 and from Brandeis University with honors and a joint degree in economics and political science in 2005.
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