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A Very Special Event: Norman Dorsen: The Seven Crises of the ACLU

THE SECULAR HUMANIST SOCIETY OF NEW YORK presents

NORMAN DORSEN, Past President, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

on “THE SEVEN CRISES OF THE ACLU”

Norman Dorsen is Stokes Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, and the author or editor of many articles and 15 books on constitutional law and human rights.

A longtime member of SHSNY, Norman served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1976-1991. Earlier, while general counsel to the ACLU, he argued many Supreme Court cases, including those that won for juveniles the right to due process, upheld constitutional rights of out-of-wedlock children, and advanced abortion rights. He also helped write petitioner’s brief in Roe v. Wade and appeared amicus curiae in the Gideon case, the Pentagon Papers case and the Nixon Tapes case, among many others.

All of which will inform a fascinating presentation on the history of – and the crises faced by – the organization that has proven time and again to be the most stalwart defender of our constitutional liberties from attacks both left and right.

Don’t miss this outstanding presentation, and the spirited discussion that will follow.

The doors of Ceremonial Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. for a wine-and-cheese reception. Coffee and tea will also be on offer.

Suggested donation: $5

Special and sincere thanks to New York Society for Ethical Culture, co-hosts of this very special evening.

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