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Susan Herman

Constitutional Law Scholar; Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union

Constitutional Law Scholar; Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union

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Susan Herman Biography

Susan N. Herman served President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 2008 to 2021, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors, as a member of the Executive Committee, and as General Counsel.

Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties

She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly and other publications, ranging from law reviews and books to periodicals and on-line publications. Her most recent book, "Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy," is the winner of the 2012 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

Herman has also discussed constitutional law issues on radio, including NPR shows around the country; on television, including programs on PBS, CSPAN, NBC, MSNBC and a series of appearances on the Today in New York show; and in print media including Newsday, TIME, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

She has been a frequent speaker at academic conferences and continuing legal education events organized by groups including the Federal Judicial Center, and at numerous law schools, colleges (including the U.S. Army War College), universities, and high schools. She has also spoken at dozens of non-academic conferences, including recent appearances at the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon, Wikimania, the Brussels Forum, the National Archives, etc. She has received awards from groups as disparate as the Japanese-American Bar Association, the United Sikhs, and the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.

Herman has also participated in Supreme Court litigation, writing and collaborating on amicus curiae briefs for the ACLU on a range of constitutional criminal procedure issues, most recently in Riley v. California, 134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014), where the Supreme Court accepted the argument that cell phones cannot be searched “incident to arrest” without a search warrant.

Herman received a B.A. from Barnard College as a philosophy major, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Note and Comment Editor on the N.Y.U. Law Review. Before entering teaching, Professor Herman was Pro Se Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Staff Attorney and then Associate Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.

Susan Herman Speaking Topics

  • General Civil Liberties: Myths About the ACLU

  • Students’ Rights

  • Voting Rights

  • Women’s Rights

  • Marriage Equality and the LGBT Rights Revolution: From Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall

  • Surveillance and National Security Issues

Susan Herman Videos

  • Civil liberties during protests and pandemic - Susan Herman
    Civil liberties during protests and pandemic - Susan Herman, Sabrina Siddiqui
  • A Democrat and a Republican Walk into a Bar - ACLU Susan Herman (PROMO)
    ACLU President Susan N. Herman holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches courses in Constitutional Law...
  • Human Rights Collegium Lecture - Susan Herman
    Organised by the Human Rights Collegium. Susan N. Herman, President of the ACLU, joined us to discuss 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Reconciling...

Susan Herman Books

  • Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy
    Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

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Susan Herman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as General Civil Liberties: Myths About the ACLU, Students’ Rights, Voting Rights, Women’s Rights, Marriage Equality and the LGBT Rights Revolution: From Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall and Surveillance and National Security Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Susan Herman for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Susan Herman generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Van Jones, Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, Kylar Broadus, Desmond Meade and Heather Booth. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Susan Herman for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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