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Robyn E. Blumner, JD Biography

Title:
Former Columnist and Editorial Writer for the St. Petersburg Times
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here is some truth to the fact that the ACLU in recent years has allowed liberal policy considerations to distract it occasionally from its defense of individual rights. However, the overwhelming majority of the actual legal work done by its 53 affiliate offices is in support of the Bill of Rights and not some Jerry Brown-like moonbeam agenda.”

“Anti-ACLU Campaign Likely to Backfire,” St. Petersburg Times, July 4, 1999

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:
  • CEO, Center for Inquiry, Jan. 2016-present
  • President & CEO, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Feb. 2014-present
  • Columnist and Editorial Writer, St. Petersburg Times, 1998-2014
  • Weekly column is nationally syndicated by Tribune Media Services
  • Has appeared on CNN, CBS News, Dateline, and Good Morning America
  • Member, New York State Bar
  • Executive Director, ACLU of Florida, 1989-1997
  • Executive Director, ACLU of Utah, 1987-1989
  • Former Labor Negotiator, New York City Transit Authority
  • Former volunteer, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
Education:
  • JD, NYU School of Law, 1985
  • BS, Industrial Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1982
Other:
  • Lives in St. Petersburg, FL with husband, Damian Cristodero
  • Grew up in Glen Cove, NY
Quoted in:
  1. Does the ACLU Fail to Protect the First Amendment Rights of Abortion Clinic Protesters?