For over 10 years, Devon Rios has been a staunch child advocate with the passion and experience necessary to guide families at all stages of special education advocacy.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Sociology from UCLA, Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors, Devon attended the UCLA School of Law. Shortly thereafter, she began her legal career as a prestigious Munger, Tolles & Olson Equal Justice Works Fellow, providing representation to families seeking access to early education intervention for their children. Through this fellowship, 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. Immediately after, Devon continued her service at the Learning Rights Law Center as a community empowerment and advocacy program Director continuing her passion to serve special needs families.
Devon’s special education law expertise is matched by her experience in civil litigation, where she has 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 coupled with the experience and ability to strategize and execute a litigation path if necessary.
Outside of 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. Devon 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.