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Christopher Dunn is the associate legal director at the New York Civil Liberties Union. Since 1996 he has lead litigation and related work on a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues. Dunn has specialized in law enforcement and First Amendment issues, and also has led work involving the death penalty, racial discrimination, religious freedom, homelessness, terrorism and government transparency.

Dunn has authored the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties column in the New York Law Journal since 2004, and has written and spoken extensively in a wide variety of forums. He has published numerous op-eds in the Daily News, Newsday and The New York Times, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News and Court TV. Between 2001 and 2015, Dunn taught the Civil Rights Clinic at New York University Law School.

Prior to joining the NYCLU, Dunn was a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Children’s Rights Project, where he was responsible for class action, foster care reform cases and for federal child welfare legislative matters. Dunn holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and clerked for the Honorable John J. Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

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