Powers is pleased to announce that Taylor Dowd and Abby Felter have joined the firm’s education practice.
Both Taylor and Abby previously worked as summer associates at Powers before completing their JDs from the George Washington University Law School.
While in law school, Taylor served as the Senior Online Editor of the George Washington Law Review, as well as a Program Coordinator for Street Law. She also held internships with the Department of Education, Office of Hearings and Appeals and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Office of the General Counsel.
Prior to law school, Taylor served as a College Adviser with the Virginia College Advising Corps, an AmeriCorps program that enhances college access for low-income, first-generation and under-represented high school students. She graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and History.
While in law school, Abby helped publish the Supreme Court Yearbook for the Court’s 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 terms. Abby interned for FEMA Procurement and Fiscal Law Division and was a research assistant in the area of Constitutional Law for Federal Judge Gregory Maggs and Professor Robert Tuttle. During law school, she published an article, Espinoza v. Montana Dep’t of Revenue:’ Preserving the Play in the Joint’ in The Journal of Local Government Law. She was also an associate member of the George Washington International Law Review.
Prior to law school, Abby worked for United States Senator Jerry Moran, United States Congressman Kevin Yoder, and Kansas Senator Dinah Sykes. She studied early American intellectual history at the University of Oxford as a SCIO Scholar and graduated magna cum laude from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
After working as a summer associate for Powers, Abby continued to work part time as a law clerk for the firm during her final year of law school. She now joins the firm full-time.
About the Powers Education Practice
The Powers education practice advises and guides educational institutions and other clients through the highly complex regulatory framework in which the education sector operates. Our education attorneys are nationally recognized for their expertise regarding federal laws applicable to institutions of higher education, including student financial aid regulations and accreditation and state licensure matters. They have vast experience assisting institutions in responding to program review and audit findings, and in defending institutions in accreditation proceedings. The team regularly represents clients in transactions in the higher education, K-12, and EdTech sectors. Powers clients include private nonprofit colleges and universities, public institutions of higher education, privately owned and publicly traded schools and school systems, Pre-K and secondary school systems, private equity firms, lenders, service providers, and others active in the education arena.