Eden Heilman works to ensure children’s access to a public education and reform ineffective school discipline practices that push children out of school. Before joining the SPLC, she worked with at-risk children and families as a social worker. As an attorney, she has represented children in claims against schools that violated their civil rights. She has provided expert testimony about these issues, including testimony before the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. She also has authored publications examining the use of harsh discipline practices. She is a graduate from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law and Tulane University where she received her master’s degree in social work.