Civil Rights Clinic
Law School Clinical Program
Visiting Law-Lecturer Lisa Graybill will be supervising students in DU’s Civil Rights Clinic during the 2012-2013 school year. Prior to coming to DU, Lisa served as the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas from 2005-2012. The ACLU of Texas is the state affiliate of the national ACLU, which works to protect and defend the civil rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and state and federal law through litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. As Legal Director, Lisa managed and directed all litigation undertaken by the ACLU statewide, serving as counsel on over 40 matters in state and federal court and administrative proceedings; advocated in front of state and local policy making bodies; and produced and presented public education materials on a range of civil rights issues in English and Spanish. Cases Lisa litigated at the ACLU include ongoing litigation on behalf of immigrant women who were sexually assaulted at an immigration detention center; a successful challenge to a South Texas county’s practice of jailing indigent teens for failure to attend school without offering an indigency determination; and litigation challenging the federal government’s practice of detaining immigrant children and their families in substandard conditions. Before joining the ACLU, Lisa clerked for a federal judge in New Jersey, then joined the Special Litigation Section of the U. S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. As a trial attorney at DOJ, Lisa worked on matters involving police misconduct and prison and jail conditions. Lisa is a native Texan; she graduated from Smith College with highest honors in 1991 and received her law degree from the University of Texas with honors in 1999.