Nina Perales
Vice President of Litigation
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (MALDEF)
Nina Perales is vice president of litigation for MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In that role, Perales oversees MALDEF’s litigation docket and supervises the legal staff in offices across the United States. She is best known for her work in voting rights. She tried and argued successfully before the US Supreme Court a challenge to Texas redistricting that resulted in that Court’s first ruling of Latino vote dilution under the Voting Rights Act. She also secured favorable US Supreme Court rulings in challenges to an Arizona voter registration law in 2013 and Texas redistricting in 2018. Perales has presented more than ten oral arguments to the US Courts of Appeals. She has testified numerous times before the US Congress and state legislatures on voting rights, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School where she teaches a course called “Current Topics in Latino Civil Rights.” She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Nina Perales