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John A. Powell, JD Biography

Former Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

Former Legal Director of the ACLU from 1987-1993

May 2006

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:
  • Executive Director, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, Ohio State University, 2003-present
  • Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil liberties, Ohio State University, 2003-present
  • Earl R. Larson Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota, 2001-2003
  • Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 1993-2003
  • Executive Director, The Institute on Race & Poverty, University of Minnesota, 1993-2003
  • Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy, University of Minnesota Law School, 1999-2000
  • Julius E. Davis Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, 1997-1998
  • Consultant, International Organization of Consumers Union, 1993-1994
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, 1990-1993
  • National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union, 1987-1993
  • Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1984-1987
  • Executive Director, Legal Services of Greater Miami, 1981-1983
  • Staff Attorney/Litigation Resource, Evergreen Legal Services, 1979-1981
  • Consultant, Government of Mozambique, 1978
  • Staff Attorney, Seattle Public Defender, 1973-1976
  • Post-Graduate Human Rights Fellow, University of Minnesota, 1978-1980
  • JD, University of California/Berkeley (Boalt Hall), 1973
  • BA, Psychology, Philosophy Minor, Stanford University, 1969
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Quoted in:
  1. Is the ACLU Justified in Claiming That Limits on Political Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Compromise Free Speech?