Great Decisions - Torture & the War on Terror
The controversial practice of rendition and revelations of detainee abuse have prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to file ground-breaking lawsuits against top U.S. government officials. A senior ACLU representative will explain the legal basis of these suits and their implications for human rights domestically and abroad.
Steven R. Shapiro
Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union
Steven R. Shapiro is the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's oldest and largest civil liberties organization. He directs a staff of approximately 70 full-time lawyers who maintain a large and active docket of civil liberties cases around the country. Those cases cover a broad range of issues, including: free speech, racial justice, religious freedom, due process, privacy, reproductive and women's rights, immigrant's rights, gay rights, voting rights, prisoner's rights, and the death penalty.
Shapiro has been the ACLU's Legal Director since 1993, and served as Associate Legal Director from 1987-1993. During that time, he has appeared as counsel or co-counsel on more than 200 ACLU briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Shapiro is also an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Columbia Law School, and a frequent speaker and writer on civil liberties issues.
After graduating from Harvard Law School and spending one year as law clerk to Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Shapiro joined the New York Civil Liberties Union in 1976. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First and the Policy Committee of Human Rights Watch, as well as the Advisory Committees of the U.S. Program and Asia Program of Human Rights Watch.
American Civil Liberties Union
UWM - Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Foreign Policy Association
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Public Radio
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