Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty
Louise Melling is a Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty. The Center encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive freedom, women’s rights, lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights, and freedom of religion and belief.
Before assuming this role, Ms. Melling was Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in which capacity she oversaw nationwide litigation, communications research, public education campaigns, and advocacy efforts in the state legislatures. Ms. Melling has appeared in federal and state courts around the country to challenge laws that restrict reproductive rights. She has appeared in many media outlets, including CNN, PBS News Hour, Frontline, the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.
She is the author most recently of the essay, “Will We Sanction Discrimination?: Can ‘Heterosexuals Only’ Be Among the Signs of Today?,” 60 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 248 (2013).