Public Interest Law Section recognizes Alana Greer for civil rights advocacy
The Public Interest Law Section has awarded Alana Greer its Allan H. Terl Civil Rights Award in recognition of her “excellence in advocacy on behalf of the civil rights of Floridians.”
Greer is the director and co-founder of Community Justice Project, where she supports community led campaigns for racial justice and human rights. Greer works with and supports grassroots movements seeking to dismantle structural racism and inequality. She is an Echoing Green BMA Fellow and an advisory board member for the Dream Defenders, Law for Black Lives, and New Florida Majority. She was previously a staff attorney at Florida Legal Services and Advancement Project’s National Office, where she worked with youth and parent leaders across the nation fighting to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
Originally from Miami, Greer left Florida to attend Boston College and Harvard Law School, where she was a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and returned to Florida to support youth organizing that arose after the death of Trayvon Martin, according to the section. Prior to law school, she was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area to defend individuals from the criminalization of homelessness.
In addition to work on housing and tenant’s rights, the Public Interest Law Section said under Greer’s leadership, the Community Justice Project has secured wins in several civil rights cases in 2021. In a suit brought by Community Justice Project and other groups, the section said a federal court ruled that key sections of Florida’s anti-sanctuary law, known as S.B. 168, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by undermining public safety and increasing racial profiling. City of South Miami et al v. Ron DeSantis et al., 19-cv-22927 (S.D. Fla.).
“In an ongoing lawsuit, a federal judge granted a request, filed by CJP and other civil rights groups, to preliminarily enjoin enforcement of a key provision of H.B.1, Florida’s anti-protest law,” according to the section. “Prior to the injunction, Black-led organizations who organize for racial justice in Florida, were chilled from exercising their First Amendment right to protest out of fear that the law allowed them to be swept up and arrested while peacefully protesting. The Dream Defenders et al. v. Ron DeSantis et al., 4:21-cv-00191 (N.D. Fla.).”
The Allan H. Terl Civil Rights Award is presented in tribute to the late Allan H. Terl, recipient of the ACLU’s Nelson Poynter Award, Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for the 17th Judicial Circuit, and Florida Chief Justice’s Tobias Simon Award for his work on lesbian and gay rights. It recognizes excellence in advocacy on behalf of individual rights and responsibilities.