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Breanne Schuster

Breanne Schuster: A Policy for Social Justice

Breanne Schuster went to college planning to be a doctor. But a pre-med class on the Evolution of Physiology at the University of Wisconsin helped change her mind.  “We got into disparities in health care based on race and income. I realized that’s what I wanted to do – policy work,” she recalled. Read More »
Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson: Making an Impact

Three years ago, when she was finishing her internship as an ACLU-WA Intake and Referral Counselor, Kelly Anderson already knew she wanted to come back. Then a U.W. Social Work major, she liked listening to and talking with individuals, and helping them work through their legal problems. Read More »
Claire McNamara

Claire McNamara: A Committed Advocate

On top of a full course load and student leadership roles at Seattle University Law School, Claire McNamara has joined the team at the ACLU of Washington. As a legal extern this term, Claire will assist staff attorneys with research, trial preparation and writing memoranda covering a wide range of issues – including public records law, mental health, and criminal justice. Read More »
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Eliminate the differences between I-502 and medical marijuana law

This op-ed first appeared in the Opinion section of the Seattle Times. As medical marijuana heads back to Olympia, legislators are bracing for a rerun of last session’s drama of makeshift dispensary operators and self-appointed patient advocates decrying any effort to rein in abuses of the law. Read More »

Body Cams: A Call for Careful Consideration

Recent public outcry for police accountability and reform has been sparked by an epidemic of police violence targeted disproportionately at people of color. Advocacy groups, the public, and the president alike have touted body worn cameras as a potential cure for police misconduct.  If officers wear cameras, runs the thinking, we would have a clear visual record of what actually happened and who was at fault in disputed encounters with civilians. Read More »
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Pregnant? Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine, and Catholic Hospitals

Regardless of whether you have been pregnant or not, chances are you can recite the long list of things to avoid in pregnancy: alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, deli meats, unpasteurized cheese, and the list go on. Read More »

Caitlin Anderson: A Diverse Approach to Civil Rights

Caitlin’s appreciation for diversity led her to study the growth and development of economies at Columbia University. She says that one of her favorite classes there was a civil rights course taught by Professor Elizabeth OuYang, a longtime civil rights attorney. It was from this aggregation of different experiences – childhood, high school, and college – that her passion for civil rights blossomed. Read More »

Diana McDougle: Flying Full Throttle into Civil Rights

Diana McDougle’s route to the ACLU was full of surprising twists and turns. Fully intending to continue to graduate school, Diana completed her undergraduate studies in International Studies and Arts and Literature while working full-time as a flight attendant. Read More »

Megan Rubio: A Running Start on Life

Megan Rubio loves experiencing new things, and thought that the ACLU would be the perfect place to be after completing an internship with the International Rescue Committee. A self-described helper, she is especially passionate about what the American Civil Liberties Union has to offer—from immersion in a broad spectrum of issues to involvement in a community of people with experiences and opinions to share. She loves what she does as a Legal Intake Counselor, and enjoys being able to pick up on new and interesting bits of information while directing people to resources. Read More »
Korica Simon

Korica Simon: Finding a Passion for Civil Rights

Korica Simon’s interest in civil rights developed out of a constitutional law course she took while still a business major attending university in Alabama. She took this newfound interest with her to work at a women’s resource center -- where her interest developed into a passion, prompting her to change from business to political science. Read More »