Dorothy Samuels

Senior Fellow

Dorothy Samuels is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Samuels served, for a record 30 years, as a member of The New York Times editorial board, writing on a wide array of legal and social policy issues, with a particular focus on the justice system and civil rights and civil liberties.  

Her previous experience additionally includes a three-year stint as executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the largest affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, work with the Ford Foundation, and a movie production company. She is also the author of a comic novel, “Filthy Rich,” published by Harper Collins.

Ms. Samuels is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Northeastern University School of Law, where she will be teaching a First Amendment course in the coming year.   

The views expressed are the author's own and not necessarily those of the Brennan Center for Justice.

Photo credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times/Redux