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Carlen Zhang-D’Souza is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Ohio. She conducts research for the litigating attorneys and writes legal memorandums on a wide range of topics. For several years, she worked at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission where she drafted complex legislation, summarized and analyzed bills, and conducted in-depth research to assess the constitutionality of proposed legislation. Before that, Carlen practiced at a law firm in Columbus where she litigated various insurance defense cases.

Carlen was also a staff attorney for the Honorable Patricia Fresard of the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, and has interned for the California Attorney General and the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, which means that she has experience in all “four” branches of government. Carlen graduated with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2010; she received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2013. As a law student, Carlen was a Geneva International Fellow for the International Service for Human Rights.

In her free time, Carlen likes being outdoors with her family, and she runs a book summary website (all views her own). She also serves on the advisory board for the University of Michigan English Department.