Brendan Hamme is staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California.
He joined ACLU SoCal in September 2012 as a Loyola Law School Public Interest Fellow, working to secure the rights of all students to an education, freedom of speech, due process, privacy and to learn in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying through a campaign of impact litigation, policy advocacy and community engagement. He now works in the Orange County office on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues, including freedom of speech, prisoners’ rights, LGBT rights, voting rights and students’ rights.
Prior to joining ACLU SoCal as a fellow, he externed at ACLU SoCal from Fall 2010 through Spring 2011, co-authoring a report with Executive Director Hector Villagra on cell phone searches and seizures in California schools entitled H-E-L-L-O: Students Have a Right to Privacy in their Cell Phones.
While attending Loyola Law School, he chaired the ACLU of Loyola and founded the Juvenile Rights Project, a program that brings Loyola students into local high school classrooms to teach the students their civil rights in police encounters. He also served as Submissions Editor for the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal and interned for the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, Carol Sobel, Professor Gary Williams, the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, and the Disability Rights Legal Center.
Brendan graduated with high honors from University of California- Santa Barbara with a degree in Law and Society and cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Loyola Law School, concentrating in public interest law.