Meet Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., IDRA’s Chief Legal Analyst. She will coordinate IDRA’s legal research and strategy, expert testimony, and amicus curiae advocacy to elevate the voices of students and coalition partners. Her work builds on IDRA’s almost 50-year legacy of support to families, educators and their attorneys seeking education justice through the courts. Ms. Duggins-Clay also leads our policy advocacy related to school discipline and policing in Texas.
Prior to joining IDRA, Ms. Duggins-Clay worked as an associate at Husch Blackwell LLP, where she handled litigation, investigations, training and compliance on behalf of education institutions, with a focus on equity and organizational response to misconduct. In 2019, she was named a “Top 20 Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Austin Black Business Journal.
Ms. Duggins-Clay also served as a law clerk for Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd and intern for federal district court Judge Lee Yeakel. As a law fellow for the Texas Civil Rights Project, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, she supported the organizations’ litigation and policy advocacy. As a legislative aide, she advised Texas Senators Judith Zaffirini and Wendy Davis on school finance and school-to-prison pipeline issues.
Ms. Duggins-Clay has a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was the inaugural G. Rollie White Public Service Scholar. She also earned a certification in human rights, conflict management, and community development from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and English and a minor in race and ethnic studies from Southwestern University.
Media featuring Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D.
A ‘Dark Vision’ Of Discipline: Zero Tolerance Makes A Comeback, by Josephine Lee, Texas Observer, March 10, 2023
A Reckless Anti-Immigration Lawsuit Challenges Texas Tuition Laws, Latino Business Report Podcast, August 23, 2022
Most efforts to ban books in Texas schools came from 1 politician and GOP pressure, not parents, Houston Chronicle, Hannah Dellinger & Alejandro Serrano, August 10, 2022
Parental rights bills have been introduced in most states. Teachers are pushing back, Nadra Nittle, The 19th, March 25, 2022
- Identity-Based Bullying Undermines Student Safety and Success, May 30, 2023
- Bans on Black Literature and Learning are Nothing New – State Lawmakers Must Reject Calls to Reinstate Antebellum-era Policies, February 24, 2023
- School Segregation through Vouchers – What Policymakers Can Learn from a History of State Efforts to Use Vouchers to Avoid Integration, February 07, 2023
- A Policy Roadmap – School Safety for All Students, July 29, 2022
- Letters Demand Books Returned to Shelves in Four School Districts, May 05, 2022
- Realizing Our Common Humanity – Restorative Practices Can Build and Strengthen Relationships in Post-Pandemic Schools, March 23, 2022
- Reclaiming the U.S. Constitution – Legal Considerations for Combatting Classroom Censorship Laws, February 28, 2022
- Your Story Matters – Share How Classroom Censorship Laws are Impacting Your Community, February 17, 2022
- You Can’t Erase Herstory – Reflections on Rubye Holliman’s Legacy, February 02, 2022
- The Law in Education – U.S. Supreme Court Update – Podcast Episode 231, December 08, 2022
- The Law in Education – Students Press for Affirmative Action – Podcast Episode 229, October 26, 2022
- The Law in Education – Plyler v Doe – Podcast Episode 224, June 27, 2022
- The Law in Education – Brown v Board of Ed – Podcast Episode 223, May 16, 2022