Adriel Cepeda Derieux, Staff Attorney, ACLU Voting Rights Project
Adriel Cepeda Derieux is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, where his work focuses on ensuring access to the franchise on equal terms for all Americans. His recent cases include Department of Commerce v. New York, which successfully challenged the Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. He is also counsel of record in an amicus brief currently urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule the Insular Cases—a series of decisions holding parts of the Constitution are inapplicable in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories—in Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius.
Adriel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He served as a law clerk to First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Juan Torruella and to Third Circuit Judge Theodore McKee. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Williams College.