Barbara Samuels (Consultant)

Barbara Samuels is formerly the Managing Attorney of the ACLU of Maryland’s Housing program. She was the lead ACLU counsel in multiple cases challenging governmental housing policies that foster segregation, including Thompson v. HUD, a landmark public housing desegregation case. She helped found and serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, a nonprofit created as part of the Thompson v. HUD remedy to provide housing opportunities in low poverty and racially integrated neighborhoods for more than 4,400 Baltimore City families. She has awards from groups such as the NAACP and the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, and she was named one of Maryland’s “Top 25 Human Rights and Justice Champions” by the Legal Aid Bureau (2011), Before joining the ACLU in 1993, Barbara was a legal services housing attorney in Baltimore at the Legal Aid Bureau and in Southwest Virginia.  She received her law degree with honors from George Washington University, and her B.A. from Bucknell University.