Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law at New York Law School, has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. Since 1991, she has served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. (Because the ACLU Presidency is a non-paid, volunteer post, Strossen continues in her faculty position as well.)
The National Law Journal has twice named Strossen one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” In 1996, Working Woman Magazine listed her among the “350 Women Who Changed the World 1976-1996.” In 1997, Upside Magazine included Strossen in the “Elite 100: 100 Executives Leading The Digital Revolution.” In 1998, Vanity Fair Magazine included Strossen in “America’s 200 Most Influential Women.” In 1999, Ladies Home Journal included Strossen in “America’s 100 Most Important Women.”
Since becoming ACLU President, Strossen has made more than 200 public presentations per year before diverse audiences, including on approximately 500 campuses and in many foreign countries. She comments frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program. She was a regular guest on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher, and has been a monthly columnist for two Web-zines and a weekly commentator on the Talk America Radio Network. In October, 2001, Strossen made her professional theater debut as the guest star in Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” during a week-long run at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Strossen’s writings have been published in many scholarly and general interest publications (approximately 250 published works). Her book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights (Scribner 1995), was named by the New York Times a “notable book” of 1995 and was republished in October 2000 by NYU Press, with a new Introduction by the author. Her co-authored book, Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (N.Y.U. Press 1995), was named an “outstanding book” by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
In 1986, Strossen became one of the first three women to receive the U.S. Jaycees’ “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” Award; she was also the first American woman to win the Jaycees International’s “The Outstanding Young Persons Of the World” Award. Strossen has received Honorary Doctor of Law Degrees from the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, San Joaquin College of Law, Rocky Mountain College, and the Massachusetts School of Law. Other awards include: the “Women of Distinction” award from the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, The Media Institute’s Freedom of Speech Award, and the Free Speech Coalition’s “Freedom Isn’t Free Award.” Strossen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Strossen 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. Before becoming a law professor, she practiced law for nine years in Minneapolis (her hometown) and New York City.
Strossen is married to Eli M. Noam, Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and Founding Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele- Information. They have residences in Manhattan and Kent Lakes, New York.