Daria E. Neal is a Deputy Chief in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division’s Federal Coordination and Compliance Section. Ms. Neal supervises a team of attorneys who work with the federal agencies to ensure consistent and effective enforcement of civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, Ms. Neal represents the Division on the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, which was created by Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.
Ms. Neal currently serves as an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law teaching two seminar courses: Environmental Justice and Civil Rights and the Environment. Ms. Neal has published several articles and essays including, Healthy Schools: A Major Front in the Fight for Environmental Justice, 38 Envtl. L.473 (2008), and Recent Developments in Federal Implementation of Executive Order 12,898 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 57 How. L.J. 941.
She previously served as Senior Counsel for the Environmental Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and as a Litigation Associate for the firm Jackson Lewis, P.C. Ms. Neal is a proud graduate of Hampton University and received her law degree from the University of California Los Angeles, School of Law.