ACLU hires Kenosha native Asma Kadri as staff attorney

Story Date: 
Oct 10, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has hired Kenosha native Asma Kadri as its newest attorney. Kadri, a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and the American University College of Law in Washington, D.C., has returned to Wisconsin to join the state ACLU's Milwaukee-based staff.

“Our civil liberties as Americans are under threat in a way now that has never happened before, and I could not think of a way to better use my education, and uphold the oath I took upon admission to the bar, than to serve the ACLU,” Kadri said. “As a first-generation, Indian Muslim female, I consider myself fortunate to be entering advocacy work at a time so crucial to preserving our freedoms, despite the fear that many of my fellow citizens feel.”

Kadri worked for judges in both Fairfax, Va., and Washington, D.C., and joins a team of three ACLU of Wisconsin staff attorneys working on issues such as racial justice, voting rights, gender equality, free speech, and the freedom of religion and belief.

“Asma is a great addition to our legal team at a time when many people in Wisconsin are looking to the ACLU to stand with them against assaults on their rights and liberties,” said Larry Dupuis, the ACLU of Wisconsin’s legal director. “We’ve never had more work to do, and now, thanks to our supporters, we have more ability to respond to threats as they arise.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Asma Kadri back to Wisconsin at this pivotal time for civil rights and liberties in our country and our state,” said ACLU of Wisconsin executive director Christopher Ott.

Founded in 1930, the ACLU of Wisconsin is a private, nonpartisan organization with more than 24,000 supporters who reside in every county in the state. For more information, see