Jan Mensz is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Indiana. Jan litigates a variety of civil rights and civil liberties cases, including challenges to unconstitutional search practices by a local housing authority, Indiana laws restricting access to abortion, municipalities’ censorship of the internet speech of its citizens, and discrimination in the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Jan was a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York where he worked on white collar and antitrust matters, and helped manage the firm’s pro bono housing practice. He also spent time as a Peace Corps volunteer with the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda) supporting four legal aid clinics and advocating for women in the northern region of Uganda that was recovering from a 30-year civil war. Prior to law school, Jan was a paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice where he spent time in Iraq assisting the Iraqi High Tribunal in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein and members of his regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Jan received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he was an articles editor for the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and a teaching assistant for the legal practice program. He also received a B.A in Economics and Political Science from Georgetown University.