Judith Browne Dianis


  • Civil rights

Judith Browne Dianis has an extensive background in civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of voting, education, housing and employment. Dianis is also a pioneer in the movement to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in school districts. She has authored reports on the issue, including: “Opportunities Suspended” in 2000 and “Derailed:  The Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track,” which details the unnecessary criminalization of students by their schools. Dianis is on the board of FairTest, and she is a founding convener of the Forum for Education and Democracy. In recognition of her work, Dianis was recently named a Black Male Achievement Social Innovator by the Leadership & Sustainability Institute. In 2013, she was awarded a Prime Movers fellowship. Dianis joined Advancement Project at its inception in 1999 after serving as the managing attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, was awarded a Skadden Foundation fellowship, served as a Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar at Florida State University Law School, and as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.