Judith Browne Dianis
Judith Browne Dianis is a prominent civil rights litigator and staunch racial justice advocate in the areas of voting, education, housing and immigrants' rights. She has served as counsel in several significant voting rights cases, including against the state of Florida in 2000. Dianis continues to eliminate barriers to voting through Advancement Project's Voter Protection Project. Under her leadership, Advancement Project has been successfully ending the overuse of suspensions and arrests in school districts across the country. Dianis has authored groundbreaking reports on the issue, including Opportunities Suspended and Derailed: The Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, which examined the undue criminalization of students by their schools.
She is on the Board of FairTest and the Board of Advisors for New York City's Young Men's Initiative. She also is a founding convener of the Forum for Education and Democracy and has worked tirelessly to protect survivors of Hurricane Katrina by filing critical litigation to protect their rights and by advocating for fair treatment of immigrant workers in New Orleans. Dianis joined Advancement Project at its inception in 1999, after serving as the Managing Attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. She also served as a Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar at Florida State University Law School and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. She is a recipient of the distinguished Skadden Fellowship and a graduate of Columbia University School of Law.