Val Carlson is a retired attorney who has spent her career fighting for affirmative action, civil rights, civil liberties, and workers’ rights. She led legal teams that protected the First Amendment associational privacy privilege in electoral politics and that won race, sex, and political ideology discrimination cases. She is a socialist feminist, a Marxist scholar and is a member of the National Committee of the Freedom Socialist Party. Along with Jim Lafferty she founded the Marxism and the Law Caucus in the National Lawyers Guild.