Max Gaston joined the ACLU in January 2021 as a staff attorney working primarily in voting-rights. A first-generation Haitian American raised in North Miami Beach, Max has lived, studied, and practiced law in various parts of the world including New York, Chicago, London, Beijing and most recently New Delhi and Mumbai. He holds a bachelor’s in International Studies and Philosophy from Iona College, a master’s in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Notre Dame. This diverse experience has led Max to work in government, private practice, the non-profit space and as a corporate consultant. Some of that work has included prosecuting police officer’s accused of excessive force and defending an inmate in civil litigation challenging the violation of constitutional rights. Before coming to the ACLU, Max served as a litigation consultant for the Human Rights Law Network in India where he advised on public interest litigation matters involving caste discrimination and the violation of constitutional rights.
In law school, Max helped found the Journal of International and Comparative Law and was a senior editor for the Journal of College and University Law. He was an oralist for the law school’s international moot court Philip C. Jessup competition team and was awarded at graduation with certificates for outstanding achievement in oral advocacy and global legal studies. Max’s master’s degree research examined the cultural and economic effects on Haitians of negative social representations imported by North American and Western European groups using qualitative and quantitative methods. As a lawyer in Chicago, he served as a board member for the Chicago Crime Commission and an auxiliary board member for the Midtown Center for Boys. Max is excited to be home in Miami fighting for the civil rights and liberties of Floridians.