Drake Hagner is a Supervising Attorney in the Public Benefits Unit. Drake co-manages the unit and represents clients in a wide range of federal and District public benefits matters. She also engages in policy advocacy and court and agency reform efforts to improve the District’s delivery of public benefits.
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 chapters on unemployment insurance law in two manuals: the D.C. Bar Practice Manual and the Employment Justice Center’s Worker’s Rights Manual. In 2018, she contributed to the chapter on unemployment insurance and domestic violence in the ABA publication, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice.
Drake 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. Upon graduation, Drake clerked for Magistrate Judge Alan Kay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2018, Drake moved to California and served as a Health Law Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, before returning to the District (and Legal Aid) in 2020.
J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Editor-In-Chief
B.A., Vassar College
Phone: (202) 851-3382
Fax: (202) 727-2132