DRT Welcomes Legal Fellow from Boston College

  • October 4, 2017


Kelsey Craig, originally from the Detroit area, completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Michigan State University. After undergrad, she moved to Boston to pursue a law degree at Boston College Law School. There, she served as a student attorney in a juvenile rights clinic and worked as a law student intern at a prisoners’ rights organization. During this time, she gained a passion for advocating on behalf of the underserved prison population and decided to apply for the Boston College Public Service Legal Fellowship.

This fellowship program provides a year-long full-time public service position and recipients are able to determine the focus of their work. At DRT this year, Kelsey will be advocating on behalf of prisoners with disabilities and their access to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations in prison. She will represent clients, monitor facilities, conduct ADA compliance investigations, and work with other organizations on policy efforts.

On joining the team at DRT this year, Kelsey says, “This is the perfect host organization because its staff are committed to zealous advocacy on behalf of all people with disabilities.” In addition, DRT’s federal authority to investigate and monitor facilities as Tennessee’s Protection and Advocacy System will be crucial to Kelsey reaching those she intends to serve. “I’m very excited to carry out my project as a new member of DRT,” Kelsey says, “I’m really looking forward to working in this community.”