Sean J. Young is the Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia and is active in litigating cases involving the First Amendment, voters’ rights, criminal justice, and other civil rights and civil liberties issues. Since he joined the ACLU of Georgia, the Legal Department has prevented 160,000 voters from being wrongfully removed from the active voter rolls, blocked discriminatory polling place closures throughout Georgia, won the First Amendment right of protestors to carry signs into the Gold Dome during the legislative session, prevented politicians from blocking their constituents and deleting comments on government social media pages, and filed a first-in-the-nation lawsuit challenging a flawed methodology used by the police to throw innocent people in jail on the erroneous belief that they have been smoking marijuana.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Georgia, he was an attorney for the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project at the organization’s national office in New York for four years, litigating cases around the country challenging discriminatory voter identification requirements, cutbacks to early voting and same-day registration, and other attempts to make it harder to vote.
Young has served as a judicial law clerk at both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for several years. He is a 2006 graduate of Yale Law School and a 2002 graduate from Duke University.