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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE Shapiro Named ACLU Legal Director; Assumes Mantle of Extensive Program Facing Growing Challenges For IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 1993 NEW YORK -- The American Civil Liberties Union today announced that Steven R. Shapiro has been appointed Legal Director, assuming the leadership of an extensive litigation program that faces increasing challenges as it seeks to insure basic civil liberties and individual rights for all Americans. A longtime litigator for the ACLU, Shapiro has most recently served as Associate Legal Director since 1987. As such, his responsibilities have included direct management of the ACLU's work in the Supreme Court. The ACLU regularly files more briefs in the Supreme Court than anyone other than the United States government. Among many other cases, Shapiro successfully argued before the Supreme Court in a lawsuit contesting the government's right to bar foreign speakers from the United States because of their political views. Shapiro also prevailed in the first federal lawsuit holding that prosecutors could not use their peremptory challenges to exclude prospective jurors on the basis of race. "It is a privilege and an opportuntiy," Shapiro said, "to take over the ACLU's national Legal Department at a time when the basic First Amendment values that the organization has stood for the last 70 years are under increasing attack, when the racial inequalities that plague the society demand ever more creative solutions, when the problems of crime place increasing pressures on government to shortcut basic constitutional rights. "I look forward to working with my ACLU colleagues around the country in working to devise solutions to these difficult, but not unsurmountable, challenges," Shapiro said. After being graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1975, Shapiro clerked for a year for Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then joined the New York Civil Liberties Union -- first, as staff counsel with its Children's Rights Project, then as a general staff counsel. In 1987, he was appointed Associate Legal Director of the national ACLU. Shapiro has also served as an adjunct professor at several law schools and a guest lecturer at others. In 1981, he was named Civil Rights Lawyer of the year by The American Lawyer. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and the Fund for Free Expression, a division of Human Rights Watch. "Steve begins his tenure as Legal Director at a difficult time for the ACLU, a time when the continued, and, in some cases growing, burden of civil liberties work is not matched by an accurate public perception of that burden, which has resulted in a rising tide of work and a decreasing base of support," said Ira Glasser, ACLU Executive Director. "Steve's well-deserved reputation for intelligence, his analytic ability, articulateness and collegiality provide us with an extraordinary asset, made all the more valuable by his 17 years of ACLU experience." Since its founding in 1920, the ACLU has been seen as the preeminent protector of individual liberties in the United States. With national offices in New York, Washington, Atlanta and Denver, and affiliate organizations in every state, the ACLU has 45 national staff lawyers and and an equal number with it's affiliates nationwide. With the additonal help of thousands of cooperating attorneys, the ACLU is involved with more than 6,000 legal actions at any one time. --30-- ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher:// | American Civil Liberties Union National Office | | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"


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