Senior Staff Attorney
Drake Hagner is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Public Benefits Unit. Drake represents clients on a wide range of public benefits cases including unemployment insurance cases, federal disability benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She also engages in policy advocacy and court and agency reform efforts to improve the District’s unemployment insurance system.
Drake initially joined Legal Aid in September 2011, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow providing direct representation and advocacy to low-wage workers who had been wrongfully denied unemployment insurance. She helped revise two manuals on unemployment insurance law: the D.C. Bar Practice Manual: Employment Law chapter, and the Employment Justice Center’s Worker’s Rights Manual: Unemployment Compensation chapter (2013). She is a graduate of the D.C. Bar John Payton Leadership Academy class of 2015.
Drake graduated with a B.A. from Vassar College. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. While in law school, Drake represented survivors of domestic violence in civil protection order hearings and taught constitutional law classes at two residential addiction treatment facilities as part of the Domestic Violence Clinic and Street Law Clinic, respectively. Upon graduation, Drake clerked for Magistrate Judge Alan Kay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Editor-In-Chief
B.A., Vassar College
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