Background: Hailly T.N. Korman is a principal at Bellwether Education Partners on the Policy and Thought Leadership team. She joined the organization in January 2016 and focuses on correctional education, justice-involved youth, and school discipline. Hailly supports justice agencies and their education partners as they work to craft practices that significantly improve outcomes for justice-involved students, and she advocates for systemic reforms that mitigate the institutional obstacles to providing high-quality education services to youth in secure schools.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Hailly was director of special projects at the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, where she provided direct support to an emerging cohort of reform-minded education and youth justice system leaders across the country. Previously, she was an attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she served as pro bono counsel in Reed v. State of California, representing student plaintiffs at underperforming Los Angeles public schools challenging the constitutionality of strict reverse-seniority layoffs. In 2010, she received both Public Counsel’s Impact Litigation Award and the ACLU’s Social Justice Award for her work on that case. Before law school, Hailly spent nine years teaching primary grades; she has also taught an undergraduate seminar at UCLA on education policy and politics and a “know your rights” course at a local alternative high school.
Hailly is a graduate of Brandeis University with a major in politics and minors in legal studies and education. She also holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, where she was a member of the Public Interest and Critical Race Studies programs and the Collegium of University Teaching Fellows. She is also an alumna of Education Pioneers (LA ’08) and Teach For America (LA ’02).
Why I do this work: The intersection of education and the justice system is a deeply personal place for me and for far too many communities in this country. We are facing a national crisis, and I do this work with the hope that one day, I will put myself out of a job. Helping young people to find a life trajectory that allows them to choose their future is the work of education; doing that for those students who need our best most of all is nothing short of liberation.