Nadine Strossen

Prof. Nadine Strossen

John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita & Former President, American Civil Liberties Union, New York Law School

Nadine Strossen has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties, including through frequent media interviews and Congressional testimony. From 1991 to 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen is currently a member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, as well as the advisory boards of the Academic Freedom Alliance, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Heterodox Academy, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the University of Austin. When she stepped down as ACLU President in 2008, three (ideologically diverse) Supreme Court Justices participated in her farewell and tribute luncheon: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter. Her 2018 book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, has been widely praised by ideologically diverse experts. Her earlier book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights, was named by The New York Times as a “Notable Book” of 1995. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America’s "100 Most Influential Lawyers," and several other publications have named her one of the country’s most influential women. Her many honorary degrees and awards include the American Bar Association’s prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Strossen has made thousands of public presentations before diverse audiences, including on more than 500 campuses and in many foreign countries. In October 2001, she made her professional theater debut as the guest star in Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina.

Monologues during a weeklong run at the National Theatre in Washington,

D.C.

Strossen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

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