Washington Legislative Office Hires New State Legislative Counsel

March 13, 2008 12:00 am

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Larry Frankel Joins WLO, hailing from the ACLU of Pennsylvania

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WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union recently welcomed Larry Frankel as the new State Legislative Counsel for the Washington Legislative Office. Frankel oversees the WLO State Legislative Department, which provides support to the 53 ACLU affiliate offices across the country. The State Legislative Department bolsters the ACLU’s work in state legislatures by analyzing legislation, providing background research, offering legislative strategy and acting as a liaison between policy experts and ACLU state lobbyists working on the ground.

“The ACLU Washington Legislative Office will be even stronger with Larry’s vision and experience to move forward the ACLU’s state legislative goals,” said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the WLO. “Larry has been a leader on the ground with the ACLU for 15 years, and his years in the trenches will strengthen our state initiatives across the country. He brings incredible knowledge and experience on practically every ACLU issue, and he brings great insight on legislative strategy. We are excited to see where Larry will take the State Legislative Department and how he will boost our work on the ground.”

Prior to joining the WLO, Frankel was the legislative director and former executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from Boalt Hall, School of Law at University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the ACLU, Frankel was an associate at the Law Office of Harold Diamond and led his own civil and criminal practice, offering specific legal services for LGBT clients.

“The ACLU’s work on the ground is vital to its mission, and I am excited to link our legislative priorities in Washington with our work in state houses across the country,” said Mr. Frankel. “With 15 years of experience lobbying on the most important civil liberties issues facing the state of Pennsylvania, I am ready to help ACLU affiliates across the country lobby on the most important civil liberties issues facing the nation.”

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