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About Joel M. Gora

Professor Gora, a long-standing advocate for civil liberties, has been involved in numerous cases in the Supreme Court and other courts dealing with free speech and other civil liberties issues. Since 1981, he has served as General Counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union, and is a member of its board. He has authored numerous texts on civil rights and free expression, including The Right to Protest (1991). His special expertise is in the area of first amendment rights, and he has written and lectured on campaign finance issues for more than 25 years. He was one of the plaintiffs' lawyers in the landmark campaign finance case of Buckley v. Valeo. He is a frequent participant in programs that address public policy concerns in campaign finance reform, has testified before Congress on the issue, and has published extensively in this area. He served on the Special Campaign Finance Commission of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and he co-authored the principal dissent from the Commission’s report. He currently serves on the Election Law Committee of the Association. Prior to joining the faculty in 1978, he was National Staff Counsel and Associate Legal Director with the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as Pro Se Law Clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also served as the Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1993 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2007.


Present Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School



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250 Joralemon Street
Room 909
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 780-7926


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