On October 18, Susan Herman '74 was elected president of the American Civil Liberties Union by the organization's Board of Directors. In addition to holding a Centennial Professorship of Law at Brooklyn Law School, Herman has spent 20 years on the ACLU's National Board, 16 on its Executive Committee and 10 as the Board's general counsel. Herman is an expert in constitutional law and has appeared regularly on NBC News, NPR, and MSNBC as a commentator on constitutional issues. "Susan was one of my outstanding students," recalls Norman Dorsen, Stokes Professor of Law and a former ACLU president himself from 1976 to 1991. "When she joined the ACLU board of directors in 1988, she immediately impressed people with her intelligence, commitment and good judgment. I am confident that Susan will do an excellent job, and that she will help maintain the ACLU at the summit of public interest organizations in the United States." Herman, who says she is thrilled to be taking the helm of the venerable ACLU at such an historic moment, adds that she hopes Americans don't think that just because George W. Bush has left the White House, that "the ACLU can just hang out a 'Mission Accomplished' banner and close shop." 

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