Norman Dorsen

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Norman Dorsen
Norman Dorsen by David Shankbone (cropped).jpg
Dorsen in 2007
Born(1930-09-04)September 4, 1930
DiedJuly 1, 2017(2017-07-01) (aged 86)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
Harvard Law School
Scientific career
FieldsConstitutional law
InstitutionsNew York University School of Law

Norman Dorsen (September 4, 1930 – July 1, 2017) was an American lawyer. He was the Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at the New York University School of Law.

Career[change | change source]

Dorsen specialized in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Comparative Constitutional Law.[1][2] He was president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1976 through 1991. He was also president of the Society of American Law Teachers, 1972–1973, and president of the U.S. Association of Constitutional Law in 2000.

Dorsen successfully argued the case of In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), before the U.S. Supreme Court which held that juveniles accused of crimes in a delinquency proceeding must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults.[3] He argued Supreme Court cases Levy v. Louisiana (1968), ensuring equal protection for out-of-wedlock children, and United States v. Vuitch (1971), the first abortion case to reach the Court.[4]

Death[change | change source]

Dorsen died on July 1, 2017 in Manhattan, New York from complications of a stroke, aged 86.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Calder, Rich (November 6, 2013). "Judge tossed from 'stop-and-frisk' wants day in court". New York Post. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  2. "Naomi Slaps the Peta-Bred Vigilantes". New York Post. August 27, 2000. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  3. In re Gault. Oyez Website. IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law; retrieved March 15, 2017.
  4. "Timeline of Important Reproductive Freedom Cases Decided by the Supreme Court". ACLU. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  5. Norman Dorsen, Tenacious Civil Rights Advocate, Dies at 86, nytimes.com; accessed July 2, 2017.

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