Last updated on: 12/11/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

David E. Weisberg, JD, PhD Biography

Title:
Civil litigator and appellate lawyer
Position:
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The ACLU is a private organization and, as such, it can of course pick and choose the people it decides to represent in court. It has no legal obligation to represent anyone. But the unvarnished truth is that the organization cannot any longer pretend to be ‘the guardian of liberty.’ It is very, very selective in the liberties it is willing to guard.

It hails itself as a defender of the right of ‘everyone’ to free speech, but if you want to exercise that right while lawfully carrying a gun, don’t rely on the ACLU. It claims to defend religious freedom, but if you’re a baker whose religion does not allow you to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage celebration, you will find the ACLU on the other side of the courtroom representing the same-sex couple suing you…

If the truth be told, the ACLU is the guardian of only those civil liberties that are at the present moment congenial to those on the far left of the political spectrum. No one should pretend otherwise. I believe this is a time when it is especially important to defend the First Amendment free speech rights of even the most repellent people among us, and the ACLU has just quit.”

“ACLU Proves Yet Again It’s a Guardian of Left-Wing Agenda,” thehill.com, Aug. 21, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Member of the New York Bar Association, 1975-present
  • Civil litigator and appellate lawyer
  • Contributor, The Hill
  • Contributor, The Times of Israel
  • Contributor, The Jerusalem Post
  • Former Associate and Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Education:
  • JD, University of Michigan, 1974
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1971
Other:
  • Successfully challenged a death penalty conviction in Florida