ACLU of Georgia

Sally Q. Yates

Sally Yates was the Acting U.S. Attorney General when she refused to defend the Muslim Ban, after it was ordered by the Trump Administration on January 27, 2017.  Her response was immediate and powerful, and galvanized peoples the country and legal actions by civil liberties organizations, including the ACLU and the ACLU of Georgia.

When Sally was called to testify about her ten days in the Administration, she once again told truth to power.  Her adherence to the rule of law had cost her  job.  She became a hero of the resistance, especially to many young women.

Years earlier, in Atlanta, Sally Yates had sought a career in public service and went on to serve 27 years in the Department of Justice, rising through the ranks to become the first woman U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, where she took on difficult and high profile cases. She won the respect of both Republican and Democratic Attorneys General.  As Deputy Attorney General from 2015 through 2017,  Sally led their criminal justice reform efforts and implemented substantial prison reform measures in the bureau of prisons.

Daring to challenge institutions, Sally Yates made them better.

Today, Sally is back in Atlanta, as a partner at King & Spalding, Drawing upon her nearly three decades at the Department of Justice, she specializes in internal and independent investigations for public and private organizations and boards. Sally is a frequent speaker on a variety of public policy issues.