About

My name is Amanda Scott Daigle, and I’m a paralegal and writer based in the Washington, DC metro area, with a focus on advancing social and economic justice.

In 2019, I joined the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project in Washington, DC, where I work on voting rights, redistricting, and census cases, frequently representing historically disenfranchised communities of color, public assistance clients, and disabled voters. I have had the opportunity to be the lead paralegal on two U.S. Supreme Court cases: Allen v. Milligan (2023), striking down Alabama’s congressional maps for racial gerrymandering, and Trump v. New York (2020), challenging President Trump’s efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from congressional apportionment. I also helped our team protect the right to vote by mail in the 2020 elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, winning 28 legal victories in 21 states and Puerto Rico.

Before joining the ACLU, I interned for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the Washington, DC Mayor’s Office. From 2018 to 2021, I served on the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate Violence, which works to address hate crimes and bias incidents against minority groups through community education, advocacy, and legislation. My writing has been published in The Washington Post, AL.com, The Montgomery Advertiser, and The Humanist.

I was born and raised in a working-class community in Mobile, Alabama, and I am the first and only college graduate in my family. Homeschooled and self-taught, I obtained my GED, went to Coastal Alabama Community College and earned an AAS in Paralegal Studies, then received a full scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University where I graduated with a BA in Government and was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

While in Alabama, I founded and led Mobile Equality, a community organization advocating for the equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. We lobbied for a city nondiscrimination ordinance, amending the state’s hate crime law, and protecting LGBTQ youth. I interned for Legal Services Alabama, the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing, and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL01). From 2014 to 2016, I served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama, where I had the distinction of being the youngest board member.

I plan to attend law school and pursue a career as a public interest attorney. I live in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, with my partner Peter, who works on climate policy at the Environmental Defense Fund, and our cat Jack. In my free time, I enjoy reading, film photography, and exploring the Washington, DC metro area, especially Montgomery County, MD.


Publications

“We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?”, The Washington Post, November 6, 2018


Education

  • Georgetown University, Class of 2019
    • Bachelor of Arts, Government and History
    • Independent Study: “Criminal Disenfranchisement and Systemic Racism in the United States”
    • Honors: Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Senior Class Speaker, New Student Convocation Speaker, Inaugural George W. Carey Scholarship, 1789 Scholarship, Dean’s List
  • Coastal Alabama Community College, Class of 2016
    • Associate of Applied Science, summa cum laude, Paralegal Studies
    • Honors: Paralegal Award For Outstanding Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, President’s List

Additional honors: Certificate of Recognition, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (2018); Certificate of Recognition, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (2017); David Norr Youth Activist Award, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (2017); Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award, Freedom From Religion Foundation (2014); Activist of the Year Award, American Atheists (2014)


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*Political campaign experience excluded


Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.