Monica Teixeira de Sousa teaches Property, Family Law, Education Law, and Landlord-Tenant Law. She serves as the advisor for the Family Law Concentration, leads the school's First Generation Students Program, and directs the Sandra Day O'Connor Honors Program. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 2007, she was a staff attorney at Rhode Island Legal Services, where she began practicing in 2002 as a Skadden Fellow and created a school-based legal clinic in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She represented parents and students in school discipline and special education cases, as well as public benefits, family law, and housing issues. Professor Teixeira de Sousa has written and presented on issues of equity and education and currently holds an appointment as research associate in the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department at Brown University. In 2014, she took a sabbatical from academic teaching and worked as a volunteer attorney in the Public Benefits Unit at Rhode Island Legal Services. She has served as a member of the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program Alumni Scholarship Committee since 2013. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cape Verdean American Lawyers Association. Professor Teixeira de Sousa earned her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002 and her BA from Brown University in 1998.