Kelsi N. Steele joined DRM’s Education Unit in 2016 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. As a fifth generation Montanan, Kelsi is thrilled to be back in Montana advocating for the rights of students with disabilities. A proud alumna of Montana public schools, who also benefited from special education services, she understands that powerful results are possible when schools and parents creatively collaborate to serve students.
Kelsi has always had a passion for advancing human rights and the rule of law, which has been a central focus of her studies. She was honored to serve as the 2015-2016 Managing Editor of Human Rights Quarterly, a leading publication in the area of human rights. She was also an Arthur Russell Morgan Human Rights Fellow at the Urban Morgan Institute of Human Rights and a Law and Psychiatry Fellow at the Glenn M. Weaver Institute. In 2014, she interned with the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research and volunteered with the United States Human Rights Network. In 2015, she interned with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, assisting the court with prosecuting crimes relating to terrorism.
Prior to law school, Kelsi earned her BA/MA with High Honors in Political Science with an option in International Relations and Comparative Government from the University of Montana. Her MA research focused on United States policies on international human rights treaties, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In her spare time, Kelsi enjoys attending arts and cultural events with friends and family, and to travel and learn about other cultures.