Journal Article

10 x 10 & Response

Norman Dorsen

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 10, issue 3, pages 826-835
Published in print July 2012 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI:
10 x 10 & Response

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Norman Dorsen is Counselor to the President of New York University and Stokes Professor of Law, NYU School of Law, where he has taught since 1961. Previously, he served as law clerk to Justice John Marshal Harlan. In 1994 he was the founding director of NYU's Hauser Global Law School Program. He is the author or editor of 15 books on aspects of constitutional law, and he was the founder and editorial director of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I•CON).

Dorsen served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1976 until 1991. Earlier, while ACLU general counsel, he argued many cases in the Supreme Court, including those that won for juveniles the right to due process and upheld constitutional rights of out-of-wedlock children. 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.

Dorsen was the founding president of the Society of American Law Teachers and the founding president of the U.S. Association of Constitutional Law, an affiliate of the International Association of Constitutional Law. Dorsen chaired the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First) for four years, and he chaired commissions for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and for the Treasury Department.

In 1983 Dorsen received the Medal of Liberty from the French Minister of Justice. In 2000 President Bill Clinton awarded Dorsen the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal for contributions to human rights, and in 2007 the Association of American Law Schools presented him with its first triennial award for “lifetime contributions to the law and to legal education.”

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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