Coming from a long family tradition of educators, Paige C. Duggins-Clay combines her passion for education with her desire to shape laws and challenge unjust ones that impact students of all ages. Paige once wanted to be a school principal, but she quickly found out that educators’ hands are often tied by outdated regulations and restrictions.
After working in the classroom and at the legislature, she learned she could make a bigger impact by being a litigator who helps root out laws that are counterproductive to educating children.
For instance, she took on a pro bono project that resulted in banning discretionary suspensions for elementary school students in favor of a program that promotes social and emotional learning.
Her work as a law clerk in the Texas Supreme Court and as an intern in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas further honed her understanding of the judicial process.
She also has been active in civil rights law, litigating a case on behalf of four students who had been abused by a school resource officer. She worked on a team that negotiated a settlement with the school district that will help prevent similar abuses in the future.
Community Leadership : Southwestern University Alumni Council, Inclusion & Diversity Chair, 2014-2018
J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law
B.A., Southwestern University
Admissions : Texas
Professional Associations and Memberships : Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court
Clerkship : The Hon. Jeff Boyd, Texas Supreme Court