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Brittney Watkins

Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, LLC - St. Louis
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Brittney Watkins
Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, LLC - St. Louis
St. Louis,
 MO

Brittney is a Discovery, Research, & Writing Associate in the firm’s St. Louis office, where she has the privilege of representing clients tragically impacted by mesothelioma.

Brittney is a St. Louisan who has found her way home after living in different parts of the country. Before joining MRHFM, Brittney was a law clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to Judge Danya A. Dayson, the Deputy Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division during Brittney’s clerkship.

Following her clerkship, she was a Staff Attorney at ArchCity Defenders on the Civil Litigation Team and Fatal State Violence (“FSV”) Project. Brittney supported families whose loved ones died due to law enforcement involvement or who died in custody, also known as “fatal state violence.” At ArchCity, she primarily handled complex civil rights litigation pursuant to §1983 concerning jail and prison conditions, killings by law enforcement, and in-custody deaths. These matters were before judges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. These lawsuits often included state wrongful death claims. Brittney also worked on several Missouri Sunshine Law violation lawsuits in the Circuit Courts of St. Louis County and Cole County, Missouri. Additionally, Brittney represented clients at the municipal level for traffic and other municipal violations.

At ArchCity, Brittney was a movement lawyer and lobbied for policy change, led organizing efforts, drafted policies that were implemented at the local level, and regularly provided political education to the community to equip impacted individuals with the tools they needed to advocate for themselves. She also taught the fatal state violence Liberation Lab for the 2022 Law for Black Lives Lawyering for Liberation Conference.

In 2016, Brittney received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University with a Certificate in Latino Studies. At Princeton, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Journey Award in 2016 and the Albert Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation in 2015 for her work to aid and support first-generation and low-income (“FLI”) college students.

Subsequently, in 2019 Brittney obtained her Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law (“WashU Law”), where she also obtained a Certificate in Public Interest Law. At WashU Law, Brittney was a Staff Editor and Primary Editor for the Journal of Law and Policy. Her student note, “Kaepernick Can Kick It!: Employment Discrimination, Political Activism, and Speech in the NFL,” was published in the journal’s 59th volume. Brittney’s publication has been taught nationally in law school curricula and was a required text for the National Sports Law Institute’s 30th Anniversary Conference, held at Marquette University Law School. While at WashU Law, Brittney received the Scholar in Law Award. Additionally, in 2018 she was awarded The Bar Plan Foundation Scholarship following nominations by her professors and the law school Dean. In 2019, Brittney was honored as WashU Law’s Public Service Student of the Year, which is presented to the graduating J.D. student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to serving those most in need.

Brittney also speaks Spanish and previously served as a legal translator at Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants and in WashU’s Immigration Law Clinic.

Outside of the office, Brittney most enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also uses her spare time for various creative pursuits, including singing, playing the piano, sewing, and graphic design. She also likes watching science fiction movies and TV shows, which she views as mini political theory experiments. Brittney is also an active member of her church and a Board Member of the Community Organization to Engage, Uplift, and Restore (“C.O.E.U.R.”) Foundation, which is the church’s non-profit organization. C.O.E.U.R. works to enhance and expand opportunities for healthy living, social awareness, urban economic community development, and educational achievement. C.O.E.U.R. hosts a yearly Thanksgiving Giveaway to provide low-income St. Louis families a Thanksgiving meal and offers annual free tax preparation to the local community.

Experience:

Brittney started her career as a practicing attorney at ArchCity Defenders in St. Louis, MO, where she handled various complex civil rights litigation matters, Missouri Sunshine Law violation suits, and municipal matters.

Education:

Washington University School of Law

St. Louis, MO

J.D.; Certificate in Public Interest Law

Princeton, University

Princeton, NJ

A.B. in Politics; Certificate in Latino Studies

Recognition & Awards:

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Washington University School of Law:

·      Scholar in Law Award

·      Public Interest Law Student of the Year

The Bar Plan Foundation Scholarship

Princeton University

·      Martin Luther King Jr. Journey Award

·      Alberto Santos Dumont Prize for Innovation

Publication:

Kaepernick Can Kick It!: Employment Discrimination, Political Activism, & Speech in the NFL, 59 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 259 (2019).

Admissions

Missouri

Illinois

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri


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