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Will Harrell, New E.D., Texas Chapter, ACLU

Just when you thought the ACLU had gone the way of Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign, along comes Will Harrell, the Texas chapter's new executive director, to make us feel 19 again. Harrell, a thirtysomething, ponytailed lawyer-activist, has breathed new life into the Texas organization that slept through much of the Nineties. The native Texan had a spectacular session at the Legislature this year; Harrell lobbied long and hard to push a record number of bills forward (that is, record number for a bunch of bleeding-heart liberals) and scored a huge victory with the racial-profiling legislation. At the end of the session, the Texas group threw its merriest victory bash in a decade.

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