Nana Yankah

Staff Attorney

Nana Yankah is a Staff Attorney in the Public Benefits Unit. Nana represents clients in a wide range of public benefits matters, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Medicare, and unemployment insurance.

Before Legal Aid, Nana worked as a public defender in Boston for three years under the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). At CPCS, she advocated for clients charged with crime in the Boston area and trained newer attorneys on issues of race in the courtroom and litigation skills. 

Nana graduated Cum Laude from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) and received her B.A. from Emmanuel College. During law school, Nana was a student attorney in the DC Law Students in Court (Criminal Division) program and the UDC-DCSL Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic. She worked as a law clerk at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and interned at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. In addition, Nana served as the Legislative Fellow for Council member LaRuby May (Ward 8) and drafted the Assessment on Children of Incarcerated Parents, The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Amendment Act, and the Jobs for D.C. College Graduates Amendment Act of 2015.

Nana is a founding member of Law for Black Lives-DC(L4BL-DC), the legal support group for the Movement for Black Lives-DC, and served as one of the Executive Committee members until August 2017.

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J.D., Cum Laude, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
B.A., Emmanuel College


Phone: (202) 386-6686
Fax: (202) 727-2132