Savannah Kumar joined the ACLU of Texas’ legal department in 2020 as the Samuels Family Legal Fellow. Savannah largely focuses on using litigation to challenge the brutal practice of imprisonment and contest racial injustice in the criminal law system.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Texas, Savannah served as a New York Pro Bono Scholar in the Bronx Defenders’ Criminal Defense Practice and an associate with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Telephone Access to Justice Project. During law school, Savannah also trained at: Brooklyn Defender Services’ Family Defense Practice, the Center for Court Innovation, and the Texas Civil Rights Project.
In law school, Savannah was a member of the Civil Rights and Immigration Clinics, served as a Public Service, Pro Bono, and Human Rights Scholar, published on solitary confinement and forced labor in the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, and served as a teaching assistant for a course on race and the law.
Raised primarily in the South by immigrant parents, Savannah graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. and a J.D.