Executive Director

Kary L. Moss has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan since 1998.  She earned a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a JD from CUNY Law School at Queen’s College. Prior to joining the ACLU of Michigan, she clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then served as staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project which was founded by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Since joining the staff, Moss has spearheaded tremendous growth in the organization.  In addition to leading two effective capital and operating campaigns, the organization’s programs have included many high impact, important civil rights cases including the country’s first challenge to the government’s effort to close immigration court hearings to the public and warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Administration.   She has served as the Chair of the ACLU’s Executive Director Council, representing all state directors in the ACLU and is a member of the Detroit News Editorial Page Advisory Board. 

She has received a number of awards including the 2011 State Bar of Michigan’s Champion of Justice Award, Harvard Law Schools’ Wasserstein Fellowship, Michigan Trial Lawyer’s Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award, many community awards, and has been inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.  She has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows including Nightline and National Public Radio, and interviewed for articles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and other publications. 

Her publications include: Man Made Medicine: Women’s Health, Public Policy and Reform (Duke University Press); ACLU Guide to Women’s Rights; and many law review articles on these topics as well as environmental justice and racial profiling.  She has taught at CUNY Law School at Queen’s College, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Wayne State University Law School.

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