Nicole Dooley

Supervising Attorney
(202) 386-6680
(202) 727-2132
Nicole Dooley

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, Editor in Chief

M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School

B.S., summa cum laude, Rice University

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

Prior to joining Legal Aid in January 2020, Nicole was senior policy counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she worked to advance racial justice and educational equity through federal, state, and local advocacy. Prior to that, Nicole worked in the DC enforcement office of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights; and as an attorney with the JustChildren program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, where she represented clients in special education, school discipline, school enrollment, language access, and other education-related issues. Immediately following law school, Nicole clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court.

Nicole graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rice University. She received her J.D. and a Masters in Public Policy after attending a joint program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School, where she served as editor in chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. While at Harvard, she worked as a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute, and interned with the Education Law Center in Philadelphia and Dakota Plains Legal Services in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

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The District Must Do Far Better than Mayor Bowser’s Migrant Services and Supports Emergency Act of 2022

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08 Aug 2022

Making Justice Real Campaign Raises $3.3 Million for DC Legal Aid

For the third-consecutive year, DC’s legal community came together to raise more than $3 million for DC Legal Aid through the Making Justice Real Campaign, setting a new record at $3,305,388. Nearly half of the total was raised in the last week of the two-month drive, which ran from June 6 to August 5. “It is incredibly humbling for thousands of people from nearly every major law firm in the District to unite behind Legal Aid’s mission,” said Joan McKown, President of Legal Aid’s Board of Trustees and a Partner at Jones Day. “Especially at a time of increasing need for our client community, this is unbelievably good news.”
25 Jul 2022

DC Council Committees Must Approve the Domestic Worker Protections Bill This Fall

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