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.
In 2019, I joined the ACLU’s 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.
Currently, I am a paralegal on the U.S. Supreme Court case Merrill v. Milligan challenging Alabama’s congressional maps for racial gerrymandering under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Previously, I was the lead paralegal on Trump v. New York opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census and congressional apportionment. I also helped our team protect the right to vote by mail during the 2020 elections, winning 28 legal 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 incidents 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 and only college graduate in my family. Homeschooled and self-taught, I earned my GED, 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 Pulitzer Prize-winning 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 won 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 protecting and investing in LGBTQ youth. I interned for Legal Services Alabama, the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing, and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL01). I also 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 I hope to run for public office one day. I live in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland with my husband Peter, who works in political affairs 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.
“We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?”, The Washington Post, November 6, 2018
- Paralegal, American Civil Liberties Union, Voting Rights Project, Washington, DC, July 2019 – Present
- Legal Assistant Trainee, The United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, Washington, DC, August 2017 – August 2018
- L.E.A.D. Intern, Executive Office of the Mayor, Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, June 2017 – August 2017
- Legal & Public Policy Intern, American Atheists, Washington, DC, May 2017 – August 2017
- Undergraduate Intern, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Voting Rights Project, Washington, DC, January 2017 – May 2017
- PAC & Legislative Intern, American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, May 2016 – August 2016
- Constituent Services Intern, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL01), The United States House of Representatives, Mobile, AL, May 2015 – July 2015
- Paralegal Intern, South Alabama Center for Fair Housing, Mobile, AL, May 2015 – August 2015
- Paralegal Intern, Legal Services Alabama, Mobile, AL, January 2015 – May 2015
- Founder & Executive Director, Mobile Equality, Mobile, AL, August 2014 – May 2016
Boards & Committees
- Committee Member, Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence, Rockville, MD, September 2018 – March 2021
- Youth Advisory Council Member, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Washington, DC, July 2015 – July 2018
- Equity Officer & Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, Montgomery, AL, 2014-2016
- Alumni Admissions Interviewer, Georgetown University, Fall 2021
- Clinic Escort & Community Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., Mobile, AL, January 2015 – May 2016
- Mobile Community Leader & State Volunteer, Human Rights Campaign Alabama, Montgomery, AL, August 2014 – May 2016
*Political campaign experience excluded
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