An education attorney who advocates for students when school districts violate their rights argues that we must work harder to deliver on our nation’s promise to make education the “great equalizer.”
Senior Supervising Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center
Christine Bischoff is a senior supervising attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In this position, Christine is responsible for managing all of SPLC’s Children’s Rights work in Mississippi. Prior to working at SPLC, Christine worked at the North Carolina Justice Center as an attorney in the Education and Law Project. Prior to joining the North Carolina Justice Center, Christine worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). At OCR, Christine worked primarily on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin. At OCR, Christine also coordinated all aspects of OCR’s civil rights reviews of federal magnet school grant applications. Prior to OCR, Christine worked at the NAACP National Headquarters as the economic empowerment policy manager. In that role, Christine worked to develop the NAACP’s national economic advocacy agenda. She also developed policy and training materials related to such an agenda for NAACP branches across the country.
Christine grew up in southern West Virginia, and earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University. She then earned a Master’s in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Christine taught Education Law at Wake Forest University School of Law for several years.