Jamie Crook is a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, where she engages in litigation and advocacy in a range of areas including racial and economic justice, criminal justice, and immigrants’ rights.
Jamie joins the ACLU of Northern California with an extensive background in complex civil rights litigation, including challenges to exclusionary zoning practices, an aspect of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law that prohibited people without lawful immigration status from legally occupying mobile homes. She also litigated an employment discrimination case on behalf of nursing home workers who lost their jobs because of their age and challenged a Georgia town’s policy of denying basic utilities like water and electricity to people who lack Social Security numbers or owe unrelated court debt to the municipal court. Some of her better-known cases include Anderson Group LLC v. City of Saratoga Springs, 805 F.3d 34 (2d Cir. 2015), and Central Alabama Fair Housing Center v. Magee, 835 F. Supp. 2d 1165 (M.D. Ala. 2011).
Prior to joining the ACLU, Jamie was counsel at the Washington D.C.-based civil rights firm Relman, Dane & Colfax; counsel for the Fair Housing and Community Development Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and a joint fellow with the labor and employment firm Altshuler Berzon and the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco. Jamie also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Paez on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jamie frequently speaks at conferences and writes about discrimination and equal protection. Her publications include “From Hernandez v. Texas to the Present: Doctrinal Shifts in the Supreme Court’s Latina/o Jurisprudence,” 11 Harvard Latino Law Review 19 (2008); “Promoting Peace and Economic Security in Rwanda through Fair and Equitable Land Rights,” 94 Calif. L. Rev. 1487 (2006); “Assessing HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule: A Practitioner’s Perspective,” 49 Harv. Civil Rights-Civil Liberties L. Rev. 155 (2014) (co-authored with Michael Allen and John Relman); and “More Than Just Race: Proliferation of Protected Groups and the Increasing Influence of the Act,” Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act (ed. Squires 2018) (co-authored with Michael Allen).
Jamie graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and obtained her law degree from the University of California Berkeley Law. She received the Thelen, Marrin Prize for Law Journal Writing in 2006 and was a Fulbright grantee in South Africa in 2009-2010. She is a creative-writing school dropout.