Sydney Pickern

Sydney joined DREDF staff this Fall as an Equal Justice Fellow and attorney committed to improving access to healthcare and health outcomes for persons with disabilities in Alameda County. Sydney has a significant physical disability and has been a formal advocate for persons with disabilities since her law school career began in 2011. Sydney graduated Cum Laude from California Western School of Law in 2014 and in 2015, she received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for her contribution to Pro Bono Legal Services. With an immense passion for civil rights and disability rights, Sydney has been challenged and rewarded in working closely with clients with disabilities and their loved ones in often complex disability related matters.

As a volunteer attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, she assisted in the design and initial implementation of the Education Advocacy Project that sought to assist minority and low-income populations with special education issues as well as title VI discrimination issues in the secondary and postsecondary education context. At the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, she worked with clients in the HIV/AIDS clinic with healthcare benefits advocacy and rights to medication in jail. As a law clerk at Disability Rights California, she helped clients to address their reasonable accommodations requests in housing and in the public sphere. As a judicial extern for the United States District Magistrate Judge Karen Crawford, she drafted a recommendation for a habeas corpus petition and gained vast insight into the role of the federal court in immigration cases. Sydney is passionate about fighting for advancing the civil rights of persons with disabilities and other underserved populations.