Freda Levenson is Legal Director of the ACLU of Ohio.
Freda has litigated several major cases for the ACLU of Ohio, including: in the area of voting rights, APRI, et al. v. Husted, challenging Ohio’s practice of purging infrequent voters; NAACP, et al. v Husted et al., restoring early voting opportunities; and Libertarian Party of Ohio, et al., v. Husted, protecting ballot access. She is currently challenging the partisan gerrymandering of Ohio’s Congressional Map in APRI, et al, v. Kasich, et al.
Freda also litigates to uphold expressive rights under the First Amendment, including Citizens for Trump, et al. v. Cleveland et al., successfully challenging restrictions on public expression at Cleveland’s Republican National Convention. In Maudlin v. Inside Out, Inc., and other cases, Freda fights against sex discrimination in the workplace. She also litigates and develops strategies to defend the civil rights of transgender individuals, people who have disabilities, and people in the criminal justice system, including children.
A graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Michigan Law School, Freda was a litigation partner at a large commercial law firm in Chicago until moving back to her hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio. There, she served on the Shaker Heights Board of Education for 16 years, including four years as its president. A long-time adjunct law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Freda taught in both the master of laws (LL.M.) and in the juris doctor (J.D.) programs. She is also an avid yoga practitioner and a certified yoga instructor.