Today’s episode is about disabled lawyers with Hamza Jaka and Britney Wilson. Hamza is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Hamza shares with his experiences requesting accommodations for his LSATs, the gatekeeping nature of the legal profession that excludes students with disabilities, and the overall toll of law school, ableism, and capitalism on disabled law students. Britney Wilson is a proud graduate of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Britney talks about why she wanted to become a lawyer, her experiences during law school, and her commitment to civil and disability rights.
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Hamza Jaka is a double bear Berkeley grad, having gone to Berkeley for undergrad, and for law school (Class of 2018). He recently passed the Illinois Bar and plans to begin work in Illinois shortly. Hamza is passionate about inclusion and disability justice, and the arts. He hopes to combine all three as part of his legal career. Outside of the law, Hamza is an active disability rights advocate, gamer, pop culture consumer, writer, and board game player.
Britney Wilson is an attorney at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ). Her work focuses on the intersection of poverty, civil rights, and racial justice. Before NCLEJ, Britney worked on a range of racial justice issues, from discriminatory policing, including Floyd v. City of New York, the landmark case that successfully challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, to issues of immigration, voting rights, fair housing, and the school-to-prison pipeline at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU.
Especially committed to advocacy on behalf of people of color and people with disabilities, Britney has written and spoken extensively about the intersection of these issues, including for The Nation Magazine, Longreads, and This American Life. She is a proud graduate of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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