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Susan N. Herman (born 1947) is an American[1] constitutional law scholar and, since October 2008, the president of the American Civil Liberties Union.[2] Herman has taught at Brooklyn Law School since 1980.[3]

Susan N. Herman
Portrait of Susan N. Herman
OccupationPresident of the American Civil Liberties Union
TitleCentennial Professor of Law
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Sub-disciplineConstitutional law


Early years and educationEdit

Herman studied philosophy at Barnard College where she received a BA degree in 1968. She then earned a JD degree from the New York University School of Law, where she served as note and comment editor for the New York University Law Review.[4]

Herman served as pro se law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was a staff attorney and later associate director for Prisoners' Legal Services of New York.[4]


She currently teaches courses in constitutional law and criminal procedure, and seminars on law and literature, and terrorism and civil liberties.[5] She began working for the ACLU as an intern in law school.[2] When she was elected president, Herman was the organization's general counsel and had served on its board for 20 years.[2][3]

Herman's book Taking Liberties: the War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy was published by Oxford University Press in October 2011.[6]


  1. ^ "Professor Susan Herman". AJC.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Law professor elected new ACLU president: Susan Herman plans to reach out to African-Americans, religious groups". Associated Press. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b Brosh, Brendan (2008-10-18). "New ACLU president from Brooklyn Law School". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Susan N. Herman". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Susan N. Herman". Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  6. ^ Herman, Susan (October 3, 2011). Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-978254-3.

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