Lane County Chapter

These following candidates seek election to to the Lane County Chapter Board. Members may vote at the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the historic McDonald Theatre in downtown Eugene. The event features travel guru, Rick Steves, speaking about ending the prohibition of marijuana. Get tickets.

Lane Chapter Board Nominees

Paul Rohde
"I have been an ACLU member for many years and have been on the ACLU Lane County Chapter board since it was reconstituted in 2007. I would much like to continue serving on the chapter board and am committed to helping us continue to do important work for the ACLU in our community!"

Jim Stauffer
"I have been a "card carrying member" of the ACLU for about 25 years. My political activism began about 30 years ago with the anti-nuclear movement. I went on to work with minor parties and non-profits on a broad variety of issues. Pertinent examples include civil rights campaigns to oppose the anti-immigration, anti-affirmative action, and anti-reproductive choice initiatives proffered by conservative groups.

I've been working with the ACLU of Lane County since the beginning of this year. I've helped organize internal communications for the chapter, organized two "Civil Conversations," and have enjoyed participating in the tabling, parading and rallying opportunities that came our way. I look forward to making a difference with the ACLU."

Ian Harris
"I joined the ACLU recently after having followed the organization's advocacy and activist work for many years. I am going into my third year at the University of Oregon, where I study history and Spanish with the goal of later studying law. I hope to serve on the ACLU Lane County Chapter board and play an active role in organizing and promoting the ACLU's actions throughout Lane County and elsewhere."

Who We Are

The Lane County chapter of the ACLU of Oregon seeks to protect and promote civil liberties in Lane County. We work locally to further the mission of the ACLU of Oregon. The ACLU believes that the freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people. Within this broad framework, we focus on the specific strategic priorities of the ACLU of Oregon: immigrant rights, police practices and digital privacy. We study emerging civil liberties issues; host events in Lane County in order to increase awareness of civil liberties issues; we monitor the activities of local government agencies; and we protest local civil liberties violations and celebrate advances in human rights.

Join our Meetup group to be notified of chapter events happening in the Lane County area. For a listing of all ACLU events in Oregon, check out the Upcoming Events page.

The Lane County Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at our office, 1631 Oak St, Eugene. Lane County members are welcome to attend.

Legal Requests: Our chapter does not handle request for legal help. If you believe your rights have been violated, please call the ACLU of Oregon Legal Request Line 888-527-ACLU (2258) or fill out the online legal request form on this website. 


Interested in serving on the Lane County Chapter Board?

ACLU supporters who want to become more involved are encouraged to explore joining the Lane County Chapter board. Board members meet monthly to identify civil liberties issues of local concern and develop plans to address them. We coordinate outreach to the community, and collaborate with partners to promote policies that uphold the constitutional rights of everyone countywide.

To be considered for a board position, please submit your responses to the following questions by email to the Lane County chapter:

•  Provide your contact information (including full name, telephone number, and email address).
•  Why are you interested in working with the American Civil Liberties Union?
•  Tell us about your history of community involvement (in Lane County and beyond). We are particularly interested in activities related to promoting civil liberties and civil rights.
•  Share any other knowledge, experience, and skills you bring to the table.
•  Share any other information you wish to provide.
•  Are you currently a member of the ACLU? (Candidates must become current members by the time they officially join the board.)




Since we began hosting these dialogues, we have covered a wide range of important issues. Civil Conversations have explored pornography, the Miranda Warning in terrorism cases, high tech surveillance, reproductive rights, the 2nd Amendment, housing as a human right, the Patriot Act’s consequences, the separation between church and state, and the use of civil exclusion by police.

We have been honored to have diverse, knowledgeable, and experienced facilitators too, including civil rights attorneys, law professors, activists, elected officials, the ACLU of Oregon Executive Director, and more. Above all, we appreciate the unique perspectives of community members who attend. We hope you’ll join us for future civil conversations!

August 14, 2014 - Civil Conversation: Eugene Police Department's Policy on Biased Conduct

February 13, 2014 - Civil Conversation: Marijuana Law Reform

December 12, 2013 - Civil Conversation: Human Rights and Mental Health Care - Managing the Intersection

October 9, 2013 - A Civil Conversation: Freedom of Assembly in Public Places

September 17, 2013 - A Civil Conversation: Censorship