Victor Leung is deputy litigation director/staff attorney 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 is a class action lawsuit challenging a program that criminalizes youth by placing children who have not committed crimes on probation; Community Coalition v. LAUSD, which was a lawsuit to ensure that LAUSD provides the proper amount of funding and services to high need students; Cruz v. State of California, which was a class action lawsuit filed against the state of California for allowing students attending low-income schools to receive less learning time; and Reed v. State of California, which was a lawsuit addressing 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.
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.