DEVON RIOS is a staunch child advocate with the passion and experience necessary to guide families at all stages of special education advocacy. Devon graduated from UCLA School of Law. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCLA, Magna Cum Laude, with department honors.
She started her legal career with a prestigious Munger Tolles & Olson Equal Justice Works Fellowship, providing representation to families seeking access to early education intervention for their children. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Devon founded the East Los Angeles 3-7 Project, laying the groundwork for intensive parent special education advocacy trainings still operating in East Los Angeles today under the auspice of the TIGER Program at Learning Rights Law Center. After launching this project as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Devon continued to serve special needs families as the Director of a community empowerment and advocacy program aimed at mobilizing special needs families regarding education equity issues in Los Angeles County at Learning Rights Law Center.
Devon special education law expertise is matched by her experience in civil litigation, where she represented clients in litigation matters focusing on complex insurance benefit recovery for public agencies. With this background, Devon possesses the sensitivity necessary to preserve and protect valued relationships with your special needs students’ circle of support with the experience and ability to strategize and execute a litigation path if necessary.
In addition to her special education law practice, Devon is the Board Chair for Via Care Community Health Clinic in East Los Angeles. Via Care provides critical free outpatient health services to uninsured families. She also served as a community-elected advisory board member for the Best Start East Los Angeles Initiative. She has served as a guest lecturer at California State University of Los Angeles in the area of community resource management and for the UCLA School of Law’s first year public interest students Lawyering Skills seminar. She is a frequent panelist and speaker on the topic of law school admissions for underrepresented students, special education advocacy and issues of juvenile justice and race.