“The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice.” – Bryan Stevenson
Lauren DiMartino joined Brown Goldstein & Levy to represent clients across various areas of civil rights law, including fair housing, education and disability rights, police misconduct, and workplace discrimination. Her practice also includes appeals, commercial litigation, and criminal defense. Prior to joining BGL, Lauren was in Nashville clerking for Judge Martha Craig Daughtry on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was previously the Legal Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law’s Byron White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law where she researched the potential for new civil rights legislation, analyzed trends in national injunctions, and helped develop new initiatives around voting and civic engagement.
Lauren’s legal experience has centered on education equity, constitutional law, anti-discrimination, and government misconduct. Lauren graduated from the City University of New York School of Law, a public-interest program, with a concentration in Social Justice, Equality, and Civil Rights. At CUNY Law, she served as the Student Authorship Editor of the Law Review and a research assistant on fair housing and issues surrounding higher education and professional access for undocumented students and professionals. In the Equality and Justice Clinic, Lauren worked primarily on cases involving police misconduct and employment law. She has published her research on the opportunity gap in higher education, federal litigation for systematic change in public schools, reproductive rights, and the democratic jurisprudence of the Supreme Court.
Lauren interned with the New York Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau, the Legal Aid Society Education Law Project, for Judge Rivera on the New York Court of Appeals, and at Relman & Colfax, where she assisted with litigation involving the Fair Housing Act and other forms of racial discrimination. She has taught persuasive legal writing and oral advocacy as adjunct faculty in CUNY Law’s lawyering program. She also volunteered with the NYC Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Lauren worked in marketing before transitioning to work in New York City community colleges because of her commitment to racial and economic justice. She worked as an academic counselor and the Assistant Director of ASAP, an accelerated education program aimed at removing systemic barriers to obtaining a degree. She was inspired by her students to attend law school as a tool to better advocate for marginalized communities. She remains active in higher education work, and is on the Advisory Boards of the Urban Studies Program at Guttman Community College (CUNY) and of Baltimore Youth Arts.
Lauren is admitted to the bar of the State of New York and Maryland.
Doe v. Catholic Relief Services (D. Md) – Obtained a federal district court victory on behalf of a married gay employee who challenged Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) withdrawal of health insurance benefits for his husband under Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, and the Maryland Equal Pay Act. CRS argued that their religious status precluded enforcement of Title VII against them, but the court held that no exemptions apply to permit such discrimination.
Kennedy v. Bremerton School District – Submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Bremerton community members in support of the school district, which placed a former high school football coach on administrative leave for defying the district’s orders to stop praying with students at the 50-yard line after games – despite it jeopardizing the district’s policies and others’ First Amendment rights.
- Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award, CUNY Law 2017
- Grant: Deliberation in Community Colleges, The Democracy Commitment & The Kettering Foundation 2015-2016
Lauren DiMartino included in recent Baltimore Banner article, “Doing what we do best: Abell neighborhood residents come together after June fires.”
Anthony May and Lauren DiMartino attend 2022 Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Judicial Reception to support justice for low-income Marylanders.
Eve Hill, Anthony May and Lauren DiMartino secure victory for a married gay employee against Catholic Relief Services.
Podcast: “Compelling Conversations with Colleagues”; American Bar Association, Government Lawyer Division, 2018
Articles & Publications
“Democracy and the Fourth Seat: Kagan’s Jurisprudence, Stevens’s Legacy”,
University of Colorado Law Review, Spring 2020
“Protecting Rights of Students: Reasonably Calculating Remedies for Equity Beyond the IDEA”, Civil Rights Insider (Federal Bar Association), Winter 2019
“Policies With Narrative: Investing In The Nuanced Student Experience”, Forbes: Civic Nation, 2019
“The Procreation Prescription: Sexuality, Power & the Veil of Morality”, CUNY Law Review, Winter 2019
“The “Free College” Illusion: How State Tuition Support Programs are Widening the Opportunity Gap”, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Winter 2018