Aaron Chait

Title/s:  Attorney, United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights



Aaron Chait is a lawyer at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, where he enforces federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the bases of disability, race, color, national origin, sex, and age in institutions receiving funding from the Department.

Prior to joining the federal government, Aaron was an Assistant Attorney General for the Special Litigation Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where he conducted complex fraud investigations and litigated enforcement actions. He returned nearly $10 million to defrauded consumers, protected a community from dangerous ethylene oxide emissions, and blocked the federal rollback of nutritional standards for schoolchildren. 

Prior to entering public service, Aaron was an associate with Dentons LLP and Mayer Brown LLP. A former PILI Fellow with the ACLU, he currently serves on PILI’s Alumni Network Leadership Council.


AB, summa cum laude, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003

MA (Philosophy), Northwestern, 2006

JD, Columbia, 2009

Program Areas

Legal Writing