Distinguished Professor of Law at Wayne State University
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"For many years, I have been a cooperating attorney for the ACLU, litigating cases involving equality, freedom of speech, and personal freedoms in Kentucky, Michigan, and elsewhere. Not all of the cases that I litigated have ended successfully, but many of them have. Likewise, many constitutional challenges brought by ACLU throughout the nation for over 90 years have ended successfully with a favorable court decision finding a violation of constitutional rights. Whenever a court upholds a constitutional challenge and finds a violation of constitutional rights, this means that the guarantees of the Constitution have been vindicated. If one believes that rights guaranteed by the Constitution must be safeguarded, as I think most Americans do, then the ACLU, with its long and successful history of protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans, must be considered to be good for America."
Experts 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:
Corecipient, American Jewish Committee Detroit Community Service Award, 2011
Member, Wayne State University Faculty of Scholars
Member, Order of the Coif
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Gibbs Chair of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, 2000-2005
Recipient, Bernard Gottfied Bill of Rights Day Award, Metropolitan Detroit American Civil Liberties Union, 1994
Recipient, Presidential Award, Detroit Branch of the N.A.A.C.P., 1986
Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Wayne Law, 1985-1987
Represented ACLU in a lawsuit that claimed the city of Dearborn's nativity scene at City Hall was unconstitutional, 1984
General Counsel, ACLU of Kentucky, 1971-1976
Former Professor of Law, University of Kentucky
JD, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1959
BA, University of Pittsburgh, 1956
Has given lectures at Russian universities on American constitutional law