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Alice Yao

Alice Yao

Senior Counsel

Before joining Student Defense, Alice served in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where she worked on policy issues related to civil rights in education. Alice worked on various issues related to sex discrimination and harassment based on race and national origin. She also led a nationwide program that oversees the civil rights compliance work conducted by state agencies to ensure equal access to career and technical education. Prior to her public service, Alice worked in private practice in Washington D.C., where she had a national litigation practice. 

Alice earned her J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an editor on the University of Chicago Law Review. Alice served as a clerk for Judge James B. Loken on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Alice has bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alice is admitted to practice law in California and Washington, D.C.