Arthur Eisenberg

Arthur Eisenberg is the Legal Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.  Over a career at the NYCLU that has spanned more than 40 years, he has litigated extensively around issues of free speech, voting rights, race discrimination and education. He has been involved in more than 20 cases that were presented to the United States Supreme Court, representing either direct litigants or amici curiae.  Most recently, he was one of the lawyers who successfully represented Edie Windsor in a challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Eisenberg is the co-author, with Burt Neuborne, of the Rights of Candidates and Voters (2nd ed. 1980).  He contributed a chapter on conscientious objection to a book entitled Engaging Cultural Difference (2002); a chapter on military tribunals to a book entitled It’s a Free Country (2002); a chapter on school reform litigation to a book entitled A Quality Education for Every Child (2009); and a chapter on Occupy Wall Street to a book entitled Beyond Zuccotti Park (2012). He is also a contributor to The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (2009).  He has published numerous journal articles on such topics as censorship of the arts, voting rights, democratic theory and campaign finance reform.

Eisenberg received a B.A. degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.  He was Chair of the New York State Task Force on Voter Registration (1993-1994) and served on the Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Convention (1994-1995). He has taught courses on Constitutional Litigation, Civil Rights Law and Constitutional Law at Cardozo Law School and the University of Minnesota Law School.