headshot of our Dunn Legal Fellow Monique Gillum, a black woman with short curly hair, wearing a black blazer with red blouse underneath.


Dunn Legal Fellow





Monique joined the ACLU of Virginia as a Dunn Legal Fellow in August 2020. Her unwavering commitment to multi-faceted systemic reform led her to the ACLU-VA, where she focuses on civil rights litigation, public education and legislative advocacy. An organizer at heart, Monique has spent the majority of her professional career fighting on behalf of vulnerable populations and challenging systems that too often negatively impact people of color and marginalized communities.

Monique received her law degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Florida A &M University. While in law school, Monique was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and a Public Service Scholar. Additionally, she spent time working at the Innocence Project, ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project, and a plaintiffs’ side complex litigation firm. Prior to law school, Monique served as a Policy Strategist and Advocate at the Southern Poverty Law, where she helped lead the SPLC’s legislative advocacy efforts across the Deep South – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.