Kyle Strickland

Member, ACS Columbus Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors

Member, ACS Columbus Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors

"My name is Kyle Strickland, and I’m an attorney at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity. At Kirwan, I analyze laws, policies, community structures, and interpersonal bias to understand their impact on marginalized populations, with an emphasis on communities of color. I fundamentally believe that we can’t solve the challenges facing our society without reckoning with our country’s legacy of racism and oppression, and how it continues to perpetuate inequities today.

Throughout much of our nation’s history, laws and policies have been explicitly used as a tool to exclude, exploit, and oppress marginalized communities. And although we have made tremendous progress over the years to right the wrongs of the past, we are in the midst of a sustained attack on public power, civil rights, and our democracy. At a time when there are those who abuse their power and use the law for nefarious practices, it is more important than ever that we come together as progressives to use the law as a force for inclusion and justice.

ACS provides a platform for progressive attorneys to fight back against attacks on our democracy and to promote a positive vision for laws and policies that improve people’s lives.

I’ve had the pleasure of being a member of the ACS community for the past six years. First, as a law student in the ACS Student Chapter at Harvard Law School, and now as an attorney on the executive board of the ACS Columbus Lawyer Chapter in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that is actively building a diverse network of progressive lawyers, judges, policymakers, and community leaders who are committed to building a more equitable and just society.

This work is hard and none of us can do it alone. Together, we must boldly stand up for our democracy, speak truth to power, and fight for a government that promotes justice, equality, and liberty for all."

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