My name is Amanda Scott Daigle, and I’m a paralegal and writer based in the Washington, DC metro area working to advance social and economic justice.
Currently, I am a paralegal for the ACLU Voting Rights Project in Washington, DC, where I work on voting rights, census and redistricting cases, often representing historically disenfranchised communities of color, low-income people, and disabled people.
After joining the ACLU in 2019, I became the lead paralegal for the U.S. Supreme Court case Donald J. Trump v. State of New York challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from congressional apportionment. I also helped our team protect the right to vote safely and securely in the 2020 elections during the COVID pandemic, winning 28 victories in 21 states and Puerto Rico.
From 2018 to 2021, I served on the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence, which works to address hate crimes and bias against minority groups through community education, advocacy and legislation. My writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Mobile Press-Register, The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and The Montgomery Advertiser.
I was born and raised in a working class family in Mobile, Alabama, and I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. Homeschooled and self-taught, I earned my GED at 20, graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Alabama Community College with my AAS in Paralegal Studies, and then received a full scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University where I graduated with my BA in Government and History.
At Georgetown, I studied American politics and history, and I had the opportunity to do a senior independent study with Historian Dr. Marcia Chatelain on criminal disenfranchisement laws and systemic anti-Black racism in the United States. I interned for the Washington, DC Mayor’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In my junior year, I received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a competitive federal scholarship for college students planning to go to graduate school and pursue careers in public service. As a senior, I penned my first national op-ed “We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?” for The Washington Post, published on November 6, 2018, both in print and online.
While in Alabama, I founded Mobile Equality, a community organization advocating for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. We lobbied for a city nondiscrimination ordinance, amending the state’s hate crime law, and community investment in the safety, security and well-being of LGBTQ youth. As a freshman and sophomore, I interned for Legal Services Alabama, the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing, and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-01). I served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama from 2014 to 2016, where I had the distinction of being the youngest person elected to the Board.
I plan to go to law school and pursue a career as a public interest attorney and one day hope to run for public office. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland with my husband Peter and our cat Special Agent Jack Bauer. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Washington, DC metro area, reading and gardening.
“We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?”, The Washington Post, November 6, 2018
Boards & Committees
- Committee Member, Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence, 2018-2021
- Equity Officer & Board Member, ACLU of Alabama, 2014-2016
- Alumni Admissions Interviewer, Georgetown University, Fall 2021 – Present
- Community Volunteer, Democratic Socialists of America, November 2018 – Present
- Campaign Volunteer, Bernie 2020, February 2019 – March 2020
- Campaign Volunteer, Tom Perriello for Virginia, Summer 2017
- GOTV Volunteer, Maryland Democratic Party, October – November 2016
- Clinic Escort & Community Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., January 2015 – May 2016
- Campaign Volunteer, Bernie 2016, July 2015 – March 2016
- Mobile Community Leader & Community Volunteer, HRC Alabama, August 2014 – May 2016
Honors, Awards & Scholarships
- 2018 Alabama Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, April 2018
- Certificate of Recognition, Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, April 2018
- Letters of Recognition from U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-01), April 2018
- Certificate of Recognition, L.E.A.D. Internship, Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Government of the District of Columbia, Summer 2017
- Class of 2019 Senior Convocation Speaker, Georgetown University, May 2019
- New Student Convocation Speaker, Georgetown University, January 2019
- George Wescott Carey Scholarship, Georgetown University, 2016-2019
- 1789 Scholarship, Georgetown University, 2016-2019
- Dean’s List, Georgetown University, 2016-2017
- 2017 David Norr Youth Activist Award, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Spring 2017
- 2016 Paralegal Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Coastal Alabama Community College, May 2016
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, January 2015
- President’s List, Coastal Alabama Community College, 2014-2016
- 2016 Award for Outstanding Activism, Secular Student Alliance, Fall 2016
- 2015 Student Activist Scholarship, Secular Student Alliance, Fall 2015
- 2014 Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Summer 2014
- 2014 Activist of the Year Award, American Atheists, Summer 2014