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Janeen Steel

1999 Global Fellow
Founder of Learning Rights Law Center

Janeen Steel 1999 Global Fellow

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Ensure that all students are provided with equitable access to the public education system through advocacy and policy work, education and training, litigation, and development of materials.


Janeen Steel earned her undergraduate degrees from Long Beach City College in 1990 and San Francisco State University in 1993. Ms. Steel went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. Prior to graduation, Ms. Steel received the UCLA Law Raza Alumni Association Cesar Chavez Summer Fellowship to create the blueprint for her future – the Learning Rights Manual, an advocacy guide for families of students with learning disabilities. While at UCLA she also had the honor to be named the President of the Disability Law Society. As Executive Director of LRLC, Ms. Steel is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the Center, including supervision of attorneys, fund-raising, budget, Board of Directors, development and event planning. Ms. Steel also oversees and represents directly clients in federal civil rights actions and special education administrative hearings. Ms. Steel also conducts various trainings and seminars on education rights throughout Los Angeles County.

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