Rebecca L. Robertson is an attorney and civil rights advocate with a long track record of leading organizational change and growth. She returns to the ACLU of Texas having served as the Legal & Policy Director of the organization until 2017. Rebecca has been a frequent speaker and author on constitutional law and individual liberties and has testified as a constitutional law expert at every level of government. She has conducted numerous training courses for lawyers, advocacy professionals, and activists, taught communications law as a lecturer at the University of Houston, and conducted trial advocacy workshops for lawyers and law students.
Rebecca formerly served as the Chief Program Officer of Equality Texas, leading the organization’s work to achieve full legal and lived equality for LGBTQ Texans. She helped lead a major rebranding initiative to reposition the organization as a leader within the LGBTQ equality movement. Rebecca headed strategic and organizational planning and implemented initiatives to reset performance metrics, update technology, align programs with strategic objectives, and develop the organization’s staff as advocates and movement leaders.
As the Legal & Policy Director of the ACLU of Texas until 2017, Rebecca led the organization’s diverse advocacy professionals in developing innovative programs to advance civil liberties in an often-hostile environment. She oversaw every facet of the legal, policy, and advocacy programs, including strategic planning, budgeting, grant compliance, and developing and integrating c(3) and c(4) programming. Rebecca represented ACLU clients in impact litigation on abortion rights, voting rights, LGBTQ equality, religious liberty, immigrant rights, and fair justice. She also led the organization’s advocacy at the Texas Legislature on abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and religious liberty.
Prior to her work with the ACLU, Rebecca was a litigation partner at Baker Botts, L.L.P., where she managed a complex commercial litigation and arbitration practice, specializing in matters involving corporate governance, fiduciary duty, and government investigations. She co-chaired the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice Group and was a founding member of the firm’s pro bono committee. Rebecca led the firm’s team representing amici in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, the successful constitutional challenge to the Texas statute that criminalized so-called “sodomy” for sex-same couples.
Rebecca received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1995 and was elected executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. She graduated from Rice University, magna cum laude, in 1991, where she received the Atlas Prize in Moral Philosophy. She has received multiple awards for her pro bono work, including the Texas State Bar’s Norman Black Award for Service to the GLBT Community.