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CHRIS BROOK, LEGAL DIRECTOR

Chris Brook is Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where he oversees the organization's legal program and its work on a wide range of constitutional law issues, including LGBT rights, racial justice, and religious liberty.

Brook grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate and law degrees. While in law school, he served as a legal intern at the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Director of the Carolina Law Pro Bono Program, and Managing Editor of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Upon graduation he was inducted into Carolina Law’s Davis Society, which recognizes eight third-year students possessing both academic and personal excellence as well as a willingness to serve for the betterment of the School of Law and its faculty and students.

After graduating from Carolina Law in 2005, he worked in private practice for three years at the Raleigh civil litigation law firm of Cranfill, Sumner and Hartzog. He served as an adjunct professor at Carolina Law from 2007 through 2011, teaching Researching, Reasoning, Writing and Advocacy.

In 2008 he joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham, where his practice areas ranged from environmental justice to constitutional law. While at Southern Coalition he co-authored a chapter on community lawyering in Moore County, North Carolina, entitled “Municipal Underbounding and Communities of Color” for the book Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers & Policymakers.

Brook joined the ACLU of North Carolina as its Legal Director in May 2012. His practice areas correspond with the ACLU’s civil liberties focus, touching particularly on racial justice and LGBT issues, as well as First and Fourth Amendment concerns. In his time as ACLU-NC Legal Director he has worked to safeguard religious liberty in public schools, fought against Amendment One and to narrow its potential collateral consequence, and worked to protect free assembly rights in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention. He is also a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Racial Justice Task Force.