Stephanie O. Akpa

Staff Attorney

Stephanie Oluchukwu Akpa is a Staff Attorney in the Public Benefits Law Unit. Stephanie represents low-income individuals in cases involving denials or terminations of medical assistance or Social Security benefits. She also participates in advocacy initiatives to expand access to health care and conducts education and outreach activities to increase awareness of medical assistance programs in the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Legal Aid as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in September 2012, Stephanie was a litigation attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, New York. Her practice focused on regulatory inquiries, international dispute resolution, and white collar criminal defense. While at Debevoise, Stephanie represented clients in criminal defense and immigration pro bono cases and served as co-director of the firm’s legal clinic with the Knowledge Is Power Program Academy middle school in Bronx, New York.

Stephanie received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. from Yale Law School. While in law school, she served as editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and participated in the Workers and Immigrants Rights Advocacy Clinic and the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. In addition, Stephanie was co-director of the Yale Law School branch of WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other), a mentorship program that pairs Yale Law School women with high school women of color.

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J.D., Yale Law School
     Yale Journal of International Law, Editor
B.A., cum laude, University of California, San Diego


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