Victor Leung is director of education equity and deputy litigation director at the ACLU of Southern California.
He first joined the organization as a fellow and later returned as a staff attorney, focusing primarily on education, juvenile justice, and student rights issues.
Victor's previous cases include Sigma Beta Xi v. County of Riverside, which challenged a program that criminalized youth by placing children who have not committed crimes on probation; Community Coalition v. LAUSD, which ensured that LAUSD provides the proper amount of funding and services to high-need students under California's Local Control Funding Formula; Cruz v. State of California, which challenged policies that deprived students attending low-income schools of learning time; and Reed v. State of California, which addressed the inequitable distribution of teacher layoffs in under-performing schools in Los Angeles.
Victor has also led campaigns, authored policy reports, and worked on legislation to increase supports for under-resourced students, ensure charter school accountability, and eliminate the school-to-police pipeline, amongst others. For example, he helped develop the Students Not Suspects campaign, which ended random metal detector searches in LAUSD, and AB 1360, a bill prohibiting charter schools from enacting exclusionary admissions policies and disciplining students without due process. Victor’s work has been featured in local and national publications, including KPCC, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post.
Prior to re-joining the ACLU, Victor worked in private practice as a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. He graduated from New York University School of Law, where he was a senior staff editor of the Environmental Law Journal, and from Pomona College with a B.A. in media studies. In 2018, Victor was named one of California Lawyer Magazine's Attorneys of the Year. Victor formerly served on the board of directors of the ACLU of Southern California and was a OneJustice Executive Fellow.