Florida attorney Dana Brooks has been named as one of the “25 Women You Need to Know” by the Tallahassee Democrat (here). Here is an excerpt from the Tallahassee paper’s profile:
Brooks began her career in clinical social work, but felt called to advocacy and problem-solving. “I am a person of action,” she says. “I could not stand by while people were being wronged. I knew I could help them fix their problems.”
She enrolled in law school at Florida State University, graduating just three days shy of her 40th birthday.
Now, she is a shareholder with Fasig Brooks, where she combines the practice of personal injury law with staunch advocacy for women, notably victims of sexual and workplace harassment.
She recently joined the fight to end “period poverty,” referring to the lack of access to sanitary products for menstruation that prevent women and girls from going to work and school every day. “I am committed to ending period poverty,” she says. To that end, she successfully fought against the tampon tax and is collaborating with a school project to install sanitary product dispensers in all public schools.
Ms. Brooks was the attorney behind the class action litigation to repeal Florida’s tampon tax. See her interview for the Feminist Law Professors blog here.