ACLU of Illinois announces new legal director


CHICAGO — The ACLU of Illinois announced Nusrat Jahan Choudhury as their new legal director last week.

The ACLU said in a press release that she joins the staff after nearly 12 years on the legal staff of the ACLU national office in New York City. The Northbrook native replaces Benjamin Wolf, who announced his retirement last year after more than three decades with the ACLU of Illinois. 

“It is exciting to have someone with Nusrat’s level of experience and expertise to lead our legal staff as we address the many challenges and opportunities for justice in Illinois,” said Colleen Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois, in the press release. “We clearly see the threats to basic civil liberties and civil rights at the federal level, and we know that there is much we can do to protect residents in Illinois. Nusrat has the legal acumen, the strategic vision and the commitment to lead these efforts.” 

“I am thrilled to work with the ACLU of Illinois to build an affirmative agenda to address injustice across Illinois,” Choudhury said as she joined the Chicago staff. “The affiliate’s history of success provides a rich legacy to build upon. Using the courts and all of our tools, I believe that we can work alongside communities in Illinois to advance equality, dignity, and liberty.”

She most recently worked as the deputy director of the national ACLU’s Racial Justice Program,



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