Lashawnda Woods-Roberts is the staff attorney at Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Through policy advocacy, special education advocacy, legal education, and legal training, Lashawnda works to preserve the educational rights of low-income, dual-system-involved youth in foster care and other students critically at risk of court involvement. Lashawnda works in partnership with public agencies, community organizations, and other stakeholders to address the systemic and structural issues within education and criminal justice systems that disproportionately affect children of color and children with disabilities.
Lashawnda came to Georgia Appleseed in 2019 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. She began her fellowship at South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center where she led a juvenile reentry project primarily focused on access to education. Before relocating from Florida to Columbia, SC to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law, Lashawnda was a secondary teacher, afterschool program development specialist, and college and career readiness coordinator in Florida. Lashawnda is a graduate of the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University where she received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree in English Education.
Lashawnda is the proud mother of a 12-year-old son and enjoys spending time with family, volunteering in the community, and creating various forms of art.