Lee Gelernt

Director of the Project's Access to the Court's Program at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

Lee Gelernt

Lee Gelernt

Director of the Project's Access to the Court's Program at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Lee Gelernt is a lawyer at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York and currently holds the positions of deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project and director of the Project's Access to the Court's Program. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

During the past 18 months, he has argued several groundbreaking challenges to Trump Administration policies and is currently litigating Ms. L v. ICE, a case involving the administration’s unprecedented practice of separating immigrant families at the border. In June 2018, a federal court in San Diego issued a nationwide injunction holding the practice unconstitutional and requiring the Administration to reunite the approximately 2,600 separated families. Gelernt also successfully argued Rodriguez v. Swartz, involving the fatal cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager in Mexico by a U.S. border patrol officer firing from U.S. soil through the border fence in Nogales, Arizona. The Court of Appeals ruling in August 2018 in favor of the boy’s family was the first-ever federal court decision to hold that the Fourth Amendment applies extraterritorially.

Over his career, Gelernt has argued dozens of other notable civil rights cases at all levels of the federal court system, including in the United States Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. He has also testified as an expert before the United States Senate. Gelernt has received numerous honors for his work over the years, and last year was recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the country in any field. In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker around the country and regularly appears in the national and international media. In July 2018, Gelernt’s work was featured prominently in a New York Times magazine cover story about the ACLU.

Gelernt earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was a notes and comments editor of the Columbia Law Review. He received his M.Sc from the London School of Economics.

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President at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Trustee at Achievement First Brownsville Charter School

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Former General Counsel at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Professor of Law at New York Law School

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Chair at Achievement First Brownsville Charter School

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Director of the Institutional Reform Project at ACLU of Illinois

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Professor, Law at Columbia University - Law School

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Executive Director at American Civil Liberties Union of Montana Foundation, Inc.

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Legal Director at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

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Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer at American Civil Liberties Union, Inc.

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Notes & Comments Editor
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The Columbia Law Review is one of the world’s leading publications of legal scholarship. Founded in 1901, the Review is an independent nonprofit corporation that produces a law journal edited and published entirely by students at Columbia Law School. It is one of a handful of student-edited law journals in the nation that publish eight issues a year. The Review is one of the most widely distributed and cited law reviews in the country. It receives about 2,000 submissions per year and selects approximately 20–25 manuscripts for publication annually, in addition to student Notes. In 2008, the Review expanded its audience with the launch of Sidebar, an online supplement to the Review. By bringing together a diverse group of legal scholars, practitioners, community leaders, and judges, Sidebar provides an important, emerging forum for the discussion of pressing legal issues.

Career History
Director of the Project's Access to the Court's Program
Current

PRESERVATION AND PROMOTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Lecturer in Law
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Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

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Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
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