LAS VEGAS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has appointed Staci Jean Pratt as its new Legal Director, effective November 1.

Pratt, who will be based in the ACLU of Nevada’s Las Vegas office, joins the organization from the Kansas City, Kan., School District, where she has been Homeless Liaison since 2005. In that capacity, she enforced the civil rights of homeless students, developed community support organizations and programs (including housing) for homeless students, testified at the Kansas State Legislature about homeless youth, and other responsibilities. Previously, Pratt was an attorney for 8 years with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a Kansas City, Mo.-based international law firm. Her specialties included public records laws, other regulatory and administrative law, and environmental law. From 1993 to 1997, Pratt was Public Policy Research Director for the Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research, affiliated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at Tarleton State University in Texas.

She holds a B.A. in history (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College; a J.D. degree (Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif) from Boston College; an LL.M. degree in international law (human rights and environmental law emphases), University of London; and an M.S.W. degree from the University of Kansas. In addition to having passed the Missouri and Colorado bar exams, Pratt is a licensed Master Social Worker in Kansas.

“We are delighted to greet Staci Pratt to the ACLU of Nevada. Her combination of government and public policy oriented legal work, success with community partnerships, commitment to disenfranchised communities, diverse research and writing experiences, and public and media relations skills, make Staci an excellent fit for the ACLU of Nevada,” said Executive Director Dane S. Claussen.

Allen Lichtenstein continues in his long-time role as General Counsel of the ACLU of Nevada. Other legal area staff members are: Katrina Rogers, Legal Fellow; Tamika Shauntee, Paralegal; David Kaplan, Intake Coordinator; and various pro bono (volunteer) lawyers, and law student interns and externs.