SUMMER LACEY is the Criminal Justice Director at the ACLU of Southern California. Before joining ACLU of Southern California, Summer worked as Senior Legal Counsel at The Justice Collaborative (TJC). Prior to joining TJC, Summer worked as a Deputy Federal Public Defender at the Los Angeles Office of the Federal Public Defender. Summer represented indigent clients accused of committing diverse federal crimes, mentored new attorneys, trained legal interns, and facilitated at a national training on impactful sentencing advocacy.
Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Summer began her legal career at Brooklyn Defender Services, where she advocated on behalf of clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges for three years. During law school, Summer worked on racial justice related litigation with the ACLU and advocated for children’s rights with DITSHWANELO, a human rights organization in Botswana. Summer received a BA in Communications from UCLA and a JD from New York University School of Law