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Overview

Coming from a long family tradition of educators, Paige combines her passion for education with her desire to shape laws and challenge unjust ones that impact students of all ages.

As an education law attorney, Paige’s practice includes litigation, investigations, training and compliance with state and federal laws, with a focus on equity issues and organizational response to misconduct. Recognizing the complicated ways misconduct impacts individuals and communities, Paige has also trained as a restorative-justice practitioner. In addition, Paige helps educational institutions fulfill their missions by providing guidance on day-to-day operations, including student affairs, accreditation and labor and employment issues.

Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Paige worked as a legislative aide and policy analyst to Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini, where she advised on a variety of issues, including school finance and school-to-prison pipeline issues. Paige also served fellowships for prominent civil rights organizations, including the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Her work as a law clerk for Justice Jeff Boyd on the Texas Supreme Court and as an intern for Judge Lee Yeakel in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas further honed her legal, research and writing skills.

Paige was recently named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Austin Black Business Journal.


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Services

Recognition

  • Austin Black Business Journal, Top 20 Up and Coming Lawyer, 2019
  • Austin Black Business Journal, Achievements in Black Austin, 2019
  • Austin Monthly magazine, Top Austin Attorney, Education, 2019-2020
  • National Black Lawyers (NBL), Top 40 Under 40, 2019
  • Southwestern University, “18 Under 40” Award, 2020

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • G. Rollie White Public Service Scholar
    • Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar for Educational Equity
    • American Bar Association Committee on Civil Rights and Social Justice, Law Student Representative
    • National Association of Women Judges Scholarship
    • Beck Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
    • Community Service Award, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society
  • B.A., Southwestern University
    • English, Education, and Race & Ethnic Studies
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • The Megaphone, Editor-in-Chief
    • Diversity Bravery Award

Admissions

  • Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Barbara Jordan Inn of Court
  • Austin Black Lawyers Association
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator Training for College Student Misconduct and Campus Community Building, University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Clerkship

  • The Hon. Jeff Boyd, Texas Supreme Court
Experience
  • Achieved motion to strike and motion for summary judgment for private university, when former student sued for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation following dismissal from university medical program.
  • Assisted with systematic program reviews of institutional nondiscrimination policies for two large, public university systems.
  • Obtained dismissal of student complaint to accreditor alleging disability discrimination and retaliation against highly-ranked nursing program.
  • Assisted with briefing and achieved favorable ruling on motion to dismiss against student suing for breach of contract and fraud against private university after student was suspended for academic misconduct.
  • Assisted in obtaining reversal of adverse accreditation decision against private university medical program.
  • Assisted with briefing in Title IX respondent case in Seventh Circuit and obtained ruling in university's favor.
  • Assisted with complex investigation into legacy sexual abuse allegations against former employee at private high school.
  • Handled numerous investigations into allegations of sexual and other misconduct by students and employees on behalf of private and public educational institutions.
  • Provided Title IX training for institutions, systems and organizations with groups of up to 200 attendees.
  • Provided outside general counsel services for small liberal arts university.
  • Assisted with establishment of newly-launched study abroad program, including development of risk management protocol, waivers and contracts.
  • Advised institutions regarding their response to COVID-19 and the CARES Act.
Media Mentions | July 28, 2020
Austin Monthly: Austin's Top Attorneys 2020
News Releases | August 06, 2019
Austin Monthly Names 12 From Husch Blackwell as Top Austin Attorneys

The Top Austin Attorney listing was compiled through an online peer-voting process.

News Releases | March 22, 2019
Paige Duggins-Clay Named Austin Black Business Journal "Top 20 Up and Coming Lawyer"

Duggins-Clay was noted for “exemplifying the core values of the legal and civic profession."

Outside the Office

Paige enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, cooking, camping and reading historical fiction.

Community Leadership
  • Southwestern University Alumni Council, Inclusion & Diversity Chair, 2014-2018
  • Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), Outside General Counsel (pro-bono)
  • Delivering Unto You (community-based organization committed to serving low-income and minority women in pregnancy and childbirth), General Counsel and Board Member

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