Professor of Practice, Director Special Education Advocacy Clinic
Degrees: J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School; B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Email: Christina Jones
Christina Jones is a Professor of the Practice at William & Mary Law School, where she has served as the Director of the Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Special Education Advocacy Clinic since May 2017.
In the PELE Clinic, she teaches and oversees law students advocating for children with disabilities in eligibility, individualized education program (IEP), and disciplinary meetings. Christina also spearheads the PELE Clinic’s Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA), which educates attorneys and lay advocates across the United States. Recently, she led a weeklong training to military attorneys, paralegals, and Exceptional Family Member Program staff on protecting the rights of military children in special education. She has presented for groups including the National Allies for Parents in Special Education, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, William & Mary School of Education’s Twice Exceptional Conference, as well as local special education advisory committees and nonprofits.
Currently, Christina serves on the Board of Directors of The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. In Spring 2020, she received a William & Mary Diversity Recognition Award for her involvement in the university’s Daily Work of Justice series on Ability & Disability. Additionally, she has previously assisted with William & Mary Law School’s admissions department and taught Legal Argumentation at Beijing Normal University as part of a two-week faculty delegation to China. Christina was invited to join the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 cohorts of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Reform Leaders’ Summit, a network of leaders promoting parental rights and equity in education.
A native of Silicon Valley, Christina holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was awarded the David T. Link Award for outstanding service in the field of social justice, and the Dean’s Award in Disability Law. Christina also received the A. Harold Weber Moot Court Award for outstanding achievement in the art of oral argument, and as a member of the Moot Court Board’s Showcase Team, she competed in national and international moot court tournaments. Her past experience includes work at The Arc of the United States in Washington D.C., Equip for Equality in Chicago, Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco, the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame, and the Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section in Washington D.C. Her close relationship with her cousin Jennifer, a young woman with autism, fuels her advocacy efforts.
Brianna M. Crews
Degrees: J.D., William & Mary Law School; B.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce Honors College
Email: Brianna Crews
Brianna M. Crews is the inaugural PELE Fellow to serve the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic at William & Mary Law School. In addition to supporting clinic operations, Crews will be overseeing the development and implementation of a new project by the PELE Clinic, the Empowering Virginia’s Military Families in Special Education Project. The project is designed to provide legal assistance to military families located in Virginia on special education matters.
Crews received her B.S. in History and English from Texas A&M University-Commerce Honors College where she spent three years working on the East Texas War and Memory Project, a project dedicated to collecting and preserving the oral histories of Texas veterans from World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Through her work in this project, she developed a deep respect for the military community and the challenges that they bear in service to our country.
Crews graduated from William & Mary Law School where she was a student advocate for two semesters with the PELE Clinic, earning a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for her work during her second semester in the clinic. At W&M Law School, she was a member of the Women’s Law Society and the Christian Legal Society. She is licensed to practice law in Texas.