Carly J. Munson was the Bingham McCutchen Clinical Supervising Attorney for the Youth & Education Law Project (“YELP”) and a Lecturer in Law. YELP is a part of the Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School, providing low-income and traditionally disadvantaged students and families with access to legal representation. YELP engages in a combination of direct services, mass impact litigation, and policy advocacy work in an effort to ensure educational equity for all students in California.
Prior to joining the SLS community in 2010, Ms. Munson worked at the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles helping students with disabilities and their families in a wide range of school-related matters. Ms. Munson represented individual students in special education and school discipline matters and cases involving physical access or accommodations issues. In addition, Ms. Munson was heavily involved in bringing several mass impact cases including the ongoing class action Garcia, et al. v. Los Angeles County Jails, et al., regarding the wholesale absence of legally mandated special education services for students between the ages of 18 and 22 detained in Los Angeles County Jails, and Casey A., et al. v. Gundry, et al., a class action alleging that youth detained at the largest complex of probation camps in the nation were denied constitutionally adequate education.
Ms. Munson is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and has been practicing law in California since 2007. She has been doing education advocacy work for more than ten years and still holds fast to the idea that appropriate, quality educational services can dramatically change life outcomes for individual students and society as a whole.