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BALTIMORE - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland is pleased to announce that Sara N. Love has become the organization's new Public Policy Director. Love, who has a strong background as an attorney and advocate for women's reproductive freedom and for civil liberties generally, will lead the ACLU's work in Annapolis. As policy director, she will be vigilant for opportunities both to expand rights and to protect the liberties of all Marylanders.
"Sara Love is a vigorous advocate for equality, liberty and fairness for all people, with an impressive track record as a leader in realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights," said Susan Goering, Executive Director of the ACLU of Maryland. "The ACLU is thrilled to welcome such a smart, strategic, passionate and dedicated attorney to our staff."
Love attended Princeton University and Northwestern University School of Law. Even before assuming this position, Love has been deeply involved with the ACLU. From 2008-2012, Love served as the ACLU of Maryland's Board President and was noted for her intelligence, passion, and dedication to civil liberties. During her tenure the ACLU of Maryland added 5,000 new members.
Previously, Love was the General Counsel and Legal Director at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Prior to that, she was Legal Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation's Clinic Access Project and General Counsel to the National Women's Health Foundation, serving nine abortion clinics.
Love is a native of Chicago, where she practiced law at the law firm of Robinson, Curley & Clayton. There, she was a member of the trial team in NOW v. Scheidler, brought against lead anti-choice extremists who used force, violence and fear to close women's healthcare clinics.
The ACLU agenda for the 2013 General Assembly session will include reducing over-incarceration, limiting law enforcement tracking of cell phone locations, protecting students' social media privacy, abolishing the death penalty, reducing racial and geographic disparities in juvenile sentencing, and supporting efforts to include transgendered individuals in the state's anti-discrimination law. The ACLU also will defend against attacks on reproductive freedom and efforts to divert public dollars to private and religious schools, as well as vigorously opposing anti-immigrant legislation.