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Professor Burt Neuborne

Professor Burt Neuborne

New York University School of Law
Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties
Founding Legal Director, Brennan Center of Justice
New York, NY, USA


Burt Neuborne, the Norman Dorsen Professor in Civil Liberties at NYU School of Law, is one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He served as  founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law from 1996-2008. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He challenged the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, worked on the Pentagon Papers case, worked with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she headed the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and anchored the ACLU’s legal program during the Reagan years. At the Brennan Center, he concentrated on campaign finance reform and efforts to reform the democratic process. In recent years, Neuborne has served as principal counsel in cases that have resulted in the payment of $7.5 billion to Holocaust victims. He has received the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award and been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his best-known scholarly works is the two-volume Political and Civil Rights in the United States, which he co-authored with NYU colleagues Norman Dorsen and Sylvia Law, and Paul Bender. In 1996, Neuborne appeared as Jerry Falwell’s lawyer in the Milos Forman movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. His most recent book, “Madison’s Music:” On Reading the First Amendment, was published in 2015 by The New Press.
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