Attorney and Legal Fellow
Brandy Haynes is an attorney and Legal Fellow with the Stop Hate and Educational Opportunities Projects. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to DC to work with Lawyers’ Committee from North Carolina, where she attended law school and is barred. Her passion for social justice and the belief that for all to be empowered, all must have full access to the panoply of rights inform her work.
As a law student, she demonstrated her dedication to this belief by completing over six hundred pro bono hours and through her work in the Civil Rights and Community Economic Development Clinics. In fact, her relationship with Lawyers’ Committee began through some of this pro bono work, with the implementation of the Election Protection program in North Carolina during the 2012 Election, and has continued with subsequent elections post-graduation. As an attorney, continuing to serve others through pro bono work has been a mainstay in her life, in addition to practicing law, working as a legal writing fellow, and teaching Constitutional Law. Her work with communities includes education initiatives, such as Know Your Rights trainings and Legal Observer trainings to participation on panels and in workshops. She provides legal support during demonstrations, such as protests arising from police shootings, Moral Monday protests, and Living Wage Campaign Strikes. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of North Carolina and as the Chair of the NC Bar Association’s Actual Innocence Project Committee. She currently serves as the President of the ACLU of NC Charlotte Chapter Board, Co-Chair of the NC Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild NC Chapter, and is a member of several committees, including the ACLU of NC Legal Committee. She has also been involved in successful policy efforts, such as the Ban the Box initiative and the Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Charlotte, NC.
Through her work with Lawyers’ Committee, she strives to fulfill her commitment to the ideas that law can and should reflect justice, not greed, and that the purpose of law is to serve, not burden, by defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties for all people, not just those of means. Brandy is thrilled to be a part of the Lawyers’ Committee Team and the opportunity to serve in a role that allows her to ally with communities to confront inequities.