Nancy Abudu joined the ACLU of Florida as the Legal Director in 2013. Prior to becoming Legal Director, Nancy served as senior staff counsel with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where she litigated civil rights cases in federal and state courts, and provided legal advice to ACLU affiliates around the country, cooperating attorneys, and others seeking assistance and information on issues such as felon disfranchisement, redistricting, challenges to photo ID and proof of citizenship laws, and general enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
She began her legal career as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York in the Products Liability/Mass Tort department. During her time with the firm, she was also a Skadden Extern with the Legal Aid Society of New York and represented victims of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act. Her professional experience also includes being a staff attorney with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, serving as an International Election Observer for the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe, and testifying on behalf of environmental justice groups before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Prior to moving to Miami, she was the Chair of the Georgia Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and served on the advisory board for Re-Entry Connection, Inc. (a holistic rehabilitation program for female ex-offenders). She was also co-chair of the Political Action Committee for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and served as a state legislative coordinator for Amnesty International USA. She currently serves on the ABA’s Advisory Commission to the Standing Committee on Election Law, and is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program based in Washington, D.C.
She received her B.A. from Columbia University, her J.D. from Tulane Law School, and she is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court, and several other federal courts.