KIARA N. DRAKE

Associate

Prior to joining KW Law, Kiara spent four years as a staff attorney for Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services, a state-wide, nonprofit law firm, dedicated to serving Missourians with disabilities. Kiara represented clients in administrative hearings and before state and federal courts. Kiara fought to get her clients access to services from Missouri agencies like the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, and Vocational Rehabilitation; benefits from the Social Security Administration; restoration of their guardianship and conservatorship rights from public administrators and private guardians; unconditional release from Department of Mental Health custody; and freedom from employment and other discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Kiara also investigated allegations of abuse, neglect, and suspicious death, of individuals in community and institutional settings.

In law school, Kiara worked with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Illinois’s legal aid organization, and the housing and tax clinics at Michigan State University College of Law. Her law school experiences allowed her to assist low-income clients with divorces, estate planning, landlord-tenant disputes, and repayment plans with the IRS and state revenue offices.

Kiara returned to the St. Louis area after law school, and she has lived in downtown St. Louis for the last three years. She loves going to the movies at least once a week, singing the same songs ad nauseum, and interior decorating for her family and friends.

EDUCATION

Michigan State University College of Law – J.D. (2014)
Claflin University – B.A., American Studies, B.A., Politics & Justice, summa cum laude (2011)

LEGAL BACKGROUND

Staff Attorney I/Staff Attorney II, Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services (2014-2018)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis
Mound City Bar Association

ADMISSIONS AND DISTINCTIONS

Missouri (2014)
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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