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Longtime legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina Susan Dunn announced her retirement this week, effective May 31, 2021.

Dunn said the move is in part to make room for new blood and new leadership for the program, and expressed her joy in getting to work with the organization for more than a decade.

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Dunn stepped into the legal director role in 2009 after working in her private practice in Charleston. Beginning in the mid 1990s, she litigated a high-profile and groundbreaking constitutional case challenging a policy mandating the testing of pregnant and postpartum women in a public hospital for cocaine use.

“Thanks to Susan, the ACLU of South Carolina has been at the forefront of the most important civil liberties fights of our time, ensuring access to the ballot, protecting LGBTQ equality and reproductive rights and ending the criminalization of poverty, to name just a few,” said Frank Knaack, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina. 

“Susan has made South Carolina a more just and equitable place for all,” Knaack said. “We are so grateful for Susan’s dedication to advancing civil liberties in South Carolina. Thank you, Susan.” 

The ACLU of South Carolina has already begun their search for a new legal advocacy director.