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Nadine M. Strossen

Nadine M. Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and former President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991 to 2008). She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College (1972) and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1975), where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

In 2017, the American Bar Association presented Professor Strossen with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, which “celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers.” The National Law Journal has named Professor Strossen one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”; Vanity Fair included her in “America’s 200 Most Influential Women”; Ladies’ Home Journal named her among “America’s 100 Most Important Women”; Working Woman Magazine listed her among the “350 Women Who Changed the World”; and Upside Magazine included her in the “Elite 100: 100 Executives Leading The Digital Revolution.” In 2005, she was honored by the University of Tulsa College of Law and the Tulsa Law Review, which made her scholarly work the subject of its Fifth Annual Legal Scholarship Symposium, entitled “Nadine Strossen: Scholar as Activist.”

She is the author of the books, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship; Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights; and Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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