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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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
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?