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Chris Hansen, JD Biography

Senior National Staff Counsel at the ACLU
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

Editor’s Note: Chris Hansen has been working for the ACLU for more than 30 years

May 17, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Staff Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 1984-present
  • Staff, Mental Health Law Project, ACLU; then Director, Mental Patients’ Rights Project, NYCLU, 1973-1984
  • Lead counsel in Reno v. ACLU, the ACLU’s historic and successful challenge to federal Internet content regulations.
  • Key litigator in the landmark “Willowbrook” case (NYSARC v. Carey), which prompeted major changes in the care of mentally retarded people
  • Lead counsel in Brown v. Board of Education, III, a reopened case that forced a Kansas school district to honor the Supreme Court’s mandate and desegregate the public schools
  • JD, University of Chicago
  • Carleton College
  • Lectured at law schools including Yale, University of Utah, Rutgers, Pace, Touro and New York University
Quoted in:
  1. Is Desegregation in Public Schools Still Necessary to Achieve Racial Equality?