Daiquiri Steele serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence at the University of Alabama School of Law. She formerly served as a Civil Rights Attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided legal counsel relating to federal investigations of discrimination involving the nation’s school districts, colleges, universities, and state educational agencies. She also served as a mediator for civil rights claims. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, where she assessed federal contractors’ compliance with employment discrimination laws.
Professor Steele serves as a member of the Alabama State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She previously served as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She has also served as Diversity Director for the ABA Young Lawyers Division, a member of the ABA Section of Litigation Diverse Leaders Academy, and Vice-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. Professor Steele is a current member of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education. She is also an elected officer in the Young Lawyers Division and Chair of the ABA Section of State & Local Government Public Education Committee.
Professor Steele previously served as the Georgia Young Lawyers Division Director of ABA Involvement, and is a graduate of the Georgia Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. In 2016, she received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Profession by the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division. Professor Steele is also a member of the National Bar Association, and a previous Co-Chair of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Government Attorneys Section.
She graduated with Bachelors of Arts degrees in both Economics and Political Science from Spelman College where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law and her Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.
Professor Steele has spoken at many national, state, and local conferences on a variety of topics, including equal educational opportunity, diversity in the legal profession, diversity pipeline programs, federal equal employment opportunity laws, implicit bias, sexual harassment and sexual violence in educational settings, the use of statistical analysis in disparate impact cases, cyberbullying, and the responsibilities of postsecondary institutions concerning students with disabilities.