Leila Jade Levi



Leila is Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women's Law Center. In this role, she focuses on helping health care professionals become abortion providers by addressing the employment barriers they face. 

Prior to joining the National Women's Law center, she was an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Civil Rights, Labor, and Employment Law Division, Litigation Section. She defended the USDA in civil lawsuits alleging discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, and Federal Court. She also served on the D.C. State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights. She is currently serving her eighth year on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of DC as Immediate Past President.

From 2012-2014, Leila was Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) for the District of Columbia, where she completed 15 trials as a first chair trial attorney. She was a misdemeanor prosecutor in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence section and also worked in the Civil Division at the USAO, defending the federal government in civil actions.  Leila has worked as a volunteer pro bono attorney with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project representing Spanish-speaking women in civil protection order hearings. From 2010-2012, she wrote administrative law decisions and civil rights policy as an attorney at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the USDA. She was a Board member of the Latina/o Alumni Association of the Washington College of Law from 2010-2014.

While attending American University Washington College of Law, she was student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and a teacher through the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. She attended culinary school in Florence, Italy prior to law school. Leila received her B.A. in political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and is from Miami Beach, FL. Leila's father emigrated from Peru to the U.S. when he was 25 years old and she is the first person in his family to graduate from college. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian.




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