Emily Chiang

ACLU-WA Legal Director

“My job is to lead our legal program and support our staff attorneys in the ACLU-WA’s work of protecting and advancing civil liberties across the state.”

Emily joined the ACLU-WA to oversee the legal department in 2015. A native New Yorker, Emily came via Utah, where she ran a public policy clinic focused on school-to-prison pipeline issues at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Prior to that, she had worked as a staff attorney with the ACLU’s national Racial Justice Project, where she litigated and conducted advocacy to address violations of the US and state constitutions, primarily in the areas of public defense reform and the “school to prison pipeline”. She has also worked at the Brennan Center for Justice and the law firm Cravath, Swaine, and Moore LLP. Emily graduated from Yale and then Harvard Law School, where she was on the law review. Emily also has a young son and an ability to make lawsuits come alive when she talks about them.