Brooks Allen is the ACLU of Southern California’s Director of Education Advocacy. He joined the ACLU in 2004 and served as a staff attorney until December 2010.
Brooks serves as the statewide implementation Attorney for the student plaintiffs in Williams v. California, a statewide education equity case. In that role, he monitors compliance with new legislative and regulatory terms implementing the Williams settlement and acts as a resource to county superintendents, state and district officials, advocacy organizations, community groups, school staff, and students and parents.
He monitors districts’ response to Williams Complaints filed by students, parents and teachers; regularly accompanies county superintendents on school site inspections across the state; and directs community education and outreach around Williams, particularly in communities not currently served by already-existing grassroots and activist organizations and in districts that are struggling to achieve full compliance.
He has developed and helped secure passage of the regulations and multiple pieces of legislation that the ACLU has sponsored to improve the Williams settlement provisions.
Brooks is also actively involved in the office’s active education equity docket, including Reed v. State of California and Doe v. State of California. Brooks previously worked as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, where started and implemented the Access to Education Project for low-income students and was co-counsel on Williams.
He served as a Deputy City Attorney for one year in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California.
Brooks graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science with distinction from Stanford University, and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. Before attending law school, Brooks was an Upward Bound program coordinator, an admissions officer with Stanford University, and a policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Education.