Rachel Rintelmann

Interim Co-Executive Director; Legal Director, Systemic Advocacy & Law Reform

Rachel Rintelmann is the Acting Deputy Legal Director at Legal Aid. Rachel represents tenants and tenant associations in cases before the D.C. Superior Court, including evictions, complaints arising under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, and affirmative matters relating to housing conditions and discrimination. She also litigates housing matters before administrative bodies, including the D.C. Housing Authority and Office of Administrative Hearings. Additionally, Rachel engages in policy advocacy and court reform efforts and manages Legal Aid’s Affordable Housing Preservation Project, which aims to prevent the displacement of low-income DC residents. Rachel supervises Staff Attorneys, Fellows, Loaned Associates and interns in the Housing Law Unit.

In addition to her work with the Housing Law Unit, Rachel is Project Director of the Reentry Justice Project, which is a cross-unit collaboration dedicated to assisting clients facing barriers in accessing housing, employment, and other civil rights and opportunities as a result of having a criminal record.

Prior to joining Legal Aid as a Staff Attorney in January 2011, Rachel completed a two-year AmeriCorps fellowship with Legal Aid of Western Ohio in Toledo, Ohio. There, Rachel represented clients in court and before administrative agencies in housing, family, and consumer matters. Rachel received her B.A. from Butler University. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as Executive Articles Editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law and Associate Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Rachel was a student attorney with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, the ACLU of Michigan and the Michigan Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. While in law school, Rachel was also awarded a Michigan Fellowship in Refugee and Asylum Law, which she completed with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, U.K.

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J.D., University of Michigan Law School
     Michigan Journal of International Law,              Executive Articles Editor
     Michigan Journal of Race and Law,                  Associate Editor
B.A., Butler University


Email: rrintelmann@legalaiddc.org
Phone: (202) 386-6672
Fax: (202) 727-2132