Tish Gotell Faulks

Tish Gotell Faulks
Placed Leader

Tish Gotell Faulks

Legal Director
ACLU of Alabama

April 20, 2020

Koya partnered with the ACLU of Alabama on the search for a Legal Director. ACLU of Alabama is dedicated to preserving and protecting the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution. The search resulted in the recruitment of Tish Faulks to the role.

Faulks is an Attorney and Advocate with over twenty years of experience evaluating, preparing for trial, and litigating matters presenting complex questions of policy, substantive and procedural law impacting equal rights, civil liberties, and social/racial justice. Faulks has fought for protections for people pursuant to the Rehabilitation and Americans with Disabilities Acts, equal rights and access to public accommodations for people from the LGBTQ community, due process for people navigating the criminal adjudication system — including human rights for those sentenced to death, medical privacy rights for people — irrespective of sex or gender, and human rights — irrespective of race, age, gender presentation, sex, religion, medical condition, or national origin.

Faulks discovered her passion for using the law as a tool to fight for and protect people as an Associate with Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland, New Jersey. There, she joined a team of attorneys who sought to vindicate the civil rights of abused and neglected children in Charlie and Nadine H. v. Whitman, a case that exposed the failures of DYFS, the New Jersey child protective service agency. From there, Tish served as an elbow clerk to the Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., then USDJ, before his elevation to the United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit. Faulks states that her tutelage under Judge Greenaway remains the most educational of her career.

When not fighting for the people, Faulks seeks to educate those who would join this fight with her as attorneys, policymakers, and community leaders. To that end, she has served as a law professor in Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia, teaching constitutional law, criminal appellate procedure, and special problems in constitutional law such as innocence litigation and death penalty jurisprudence.

Faulks earned her BA, cum laude, in Political Science from Columbia College in Columbia, SC. She is a proud 1999 graduate of “the People’s Electric Law School,” Rutgers University School of Law.