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Susan N. Herman, President, ACLU
Frederick M. Lawrence, Former President, Brandeis University; Senior Research Scholar Yale Law
Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO, FIRE
Brendan O'Neill, Editor, SPIKED Online
Catherine J. Ross, Professor of Law, GW Law; Author, Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights
Susan N. Herman
Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years.
Frederick M. Lawrence
Frederick M. Lawrence is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. Lawrence is a leading expert on civil rights, free expression, and bias crimes. He was president of Brandeis University from 2011 to 2015, dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School from 2005–2010, and was a professor of law at Boston University School of Law from 1988–2005.
Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech, as well as a co-author of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” written in partnership with Jonathan Haidt.
As well as being the editor of spiked, Brendan is also a columnist for the Big Issue and Reason. He writes widely for a variety of other publications, including the Telegraph, the Spectator and the Australian. He is the author, most recently, of A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays (2015).
Catherine J. Ross
Catherine J. Ross specializes in constitutional law (with particular emphasis on the First Amendment), family law, and legal and policy issues concerning children. Her new book, Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights (Harvard University Press, in press) will be available in October of 2015. Professor Ross has been a co-author of Contemporary Family Law (Thomson/West) since the First Edition; the Fourth Edition will be available in the fall of 2015.