MALDEF lead attorney Nina Perales shares her experiences and insights on what the absence of diversity has meant in the law and the protection of our rights.
Nina Perales, Esq. is Vice President of Litigation for MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
In that role, Ms. Perales supervises the legal staff and litigation docket in MALDEF’s offices throughout the United States. Perales is known for her work in voting rights, including redistricting and vote dilution cases. Her legal victories include LULAC v. Perry, the Latino challenge to Texas 2003 congressional redistricting, which Ms. Perales led through trial and argued successfully in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Perales also specializes in immigrants’ rights litigation, including leading cases striking down anti-immigrant laws and recovering civil damages from violent vigilantes. Ms. Perales received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.