B.A., Oberlin College; J.D., Case Western Reserve
Nan Aron is Distinguished Lecturer in Residence at Georgetown University Law Center, focused on issues related to the judicial selection process and the practice of public interest and civil rights law.
Nan is also senior advisor to Alliance for Justice (AFJ), the leading progressive advocacy organization on justice issues, which she founded in 1979 and led as President until 2021. Under Nan’s leadership, AFJ grew to become a national association of more than 130 groups representing a variety of progressive constituencies. Her extensive knowledge of the federal judicial nominations process has made AFJ a leader in recruiting candidates who reflect the full experiential and personal diversity of the American legal profession. Nan is a sought-after thought leader and commentator who has appeared in multiple media outlets online, in print and in broadcast.
Nan’s strong belief in the importance of building capacity across the nonprofit spectrum was reflected in her creation of AFJ’s thriving Bolder Advocacy program in Washington D.C. Bolder Advocacy is dedicated to the principle that nonprofits can and must play an active role in advocating for their causes within our democratic system. The program has helped thousands of nonprofits and foundations understand the IRS and FEC rules governing lobbying and advocacy. Nan expanded this program by opening additional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston.
Prior to founding Alliance for Justice, Nan was a staff attorney for the ACLU’s National Prison Project, where she challenged conditions in state prison systems through lawsuits in federal and state courts. As a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she litigated race and sex discrimination cases in federal and district courts. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and a JD from Case Western Reserve.