Norman Dorsen

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Norman Dorsen
Norman Dorsen by David Shankbone.jpg
Born 1930 (age 85–86)
New York City
Nationality United States
Fields Constitutional law
Institutions New York University School of Law
Alma mater Columbia University
Harvard Law School

Norman Dorsen is a professor at the New York University School of Law, and specializes in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Comparative Constitutional Law. Previously Dorsen was president of the American Civil Liberties Union, 1976–1991. Dorsen was also president of the Society of American Law Teachers, 1972–1973, and president of the U.S. Association of Constitutional Law in 2000. Dorsen successfully argued the case of In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), before the U.S. Supreme Court which held that juveniles accused of crimes in a delinquency proceeding must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults.[1]

Dorsen also sits on the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A 1953 graduate of Harvard Law School, Dorsen clerked for Chief Judge Calvert Magruder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and then Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan II in the 1957 Term.[2]

Dorsen is the author of numerous books, including Comparative Constitutionalism (2003 ISBN 0-314-24248-1), Our Endangered Rights (1984 ISBN 0-394-72229-9), and Frontiers of Civil Liberties (1968).

Dorsen's papers related to multiple aspects of the American civil liberties movement from the 1950s to the 1980s are housed in the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.


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  2. ^ Jacobs, Valerie Seiling (Spring 2013). "A Passion for Civil Liberties," Alumni News, Columbia College Today.

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