Gillian Ruddy Wilcox joined the ACLU of Missouri in March 2014 as a staff attorney in our Kansas City office. As a member of the four-person legal team, she investigates constitutional rights and civil liberties issues to legally challenge, identifies and prepares potential plaintiffs and witnesses, and works in all stages of litigation. She will also serve as a legal resource for the ACLU of Missouri's legislative and policy work.
Before joining the ACLU, Gillian was a judicial law clerk for three judges — most recently clerking in the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Gillian also was a staff attorney for Legal Aid of Western Missouri, where she represented neighborhood and nonprofit organizations in the urban core of Kansas City, with an emphasis on blight remediation and economic development; she continues to serve as a volunteer.
Gillian earned her Juris Doctor degree from Drake University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She is a member of the Kansas City Missouri Bar Association and was named its 2013 Young Lawyer of the Year. In 2012, she received the Up and Coming Attorney award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Gillian is also active with the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City.