Kali Cohn is Director of Advocacy at the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas in Dallas, a non-profit that provides free legal assistance and social services to refugees and immigrants in the North Texas area who are the victims of human rights abuses. Immediately following her graduation from Texas Law, she clerked in San Antonio for U.S District Judge David Alan Ezra of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii sitting by designation on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. After her clerkship, she worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas as a fellow in the Dallas office, focused on the impact of non-traffic class C misdemeanors on disabled secondary school students. Her work was funded by a Texas Law G. Rollie White Trust Fellowship in Public Interest Law. Following the fellowship, she worked at the ACLU of Texas for several years as a staff attorney, focused on immigrants’ rights, policing, and LGBTQ rights.
At Texas Law, Kali was editor-in-chief of the Texas Journal of Civil Liberties & Civil Rights and president of the student chapter of the American Constitution Society. She was the moving force behind the law school’s first Change It Up!, now an annual orientation event on lawyering for social change. She participated in the Civil Rights Clinic and worked for the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of Northern California.