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Gail has been advocating for reproductive rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights in Virginia through impact litigation, lobbying, and educating individuals and communities across the Commonwealth on issues of gender equality since March 2015. Gail earned her J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law and a B.A. in History from The College of William and Mary. A native of Northampton, Massachusetts, Gail also attended Smith College during her senior year of high school and for her first two years of college.

Prior to joining the ACLU of Virginia, Gail was an associate at McCandlish Holton, P.C. in Richmond, where she practiced civil litigation primarily in federal courts and maintained an active pro bono practice representing survivors of intimate partner violence in civil protective order and family law matters.

In law school, Gail worked on behalf of indigent clients in family law, fair housing, and domestic violence matters in Central Virginia Legal Aid Society’s Richmond and Charlottesville offices and at Rappahannock Legal Services in Culpeper, Va. At Washington and Lee, she participated in the Shepherd Poverty Program, was Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, served as president of the Women Law Students Organization, founded the W&L Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (now If/When/How), and volunteered at Project Horizon Women’s Shelter for Domestic, Dating and Sexual Abuse.

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