Sidney Rosdeitcher became Senior Policy Advisor to the Brennan Center after more than three decades as a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he is now of counsel. While a partner at Paul, Weiss, he was lead counsel in the Brennan Center’s defense of Santa Fe’s Living Wage Ordinance and worked with the Center in earlier living wage litigation in St. Louis. Since becoming Senior Policy Advisor at the Center, Mr. Rosdeitcher has co-authored or advised on numerous Brennan Center amicus and appeal briefs in the United States Supreme Court and appellate courts on a wide range of issues involving, among others, military commissions, detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo, extraordinary renditions, state secrets privilege, Freedom of Information Act requests on national-security related matters, government surveillance, voter photo ID, constitutionality of preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, felon disenfranchisement, prisoner gerrymandering and the right to appointed counsel in criminal and civil cases. He also co-authors a preview of Supreme Court arguments and has written papers for the Center on qualifications for Supreme Court Justices, the Affordable Care Act, arbitration and class actions, and effective assistance of counsel in plea bargaining.
Mr. Rosdeitcher has been active in public interest matters throughout his professional career. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association and chaired its Committees on Civil Rights, International Human Rights, and Professional and Judicial Ethics, and its Council on International Affairs and its Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. He is a Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and received the Lawyers Committee’s Segal Tweed and Whitney North Seymour Awards for his contributions to civil rights. He also received Human Rights First’s Marvin E. Frankel Pro Bono Award for his asylum work.
Mr. Rosdeitcher currently teaches an undergraduate seminar in Constitutional Law at Columbia University and previously taught civil liberties at Brooklyn Law School and professional ethics at Columbia Law School. Before joining Paul, Weiss, Mr. Rosdeitcher served in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and, while on leave from Paul, Weiss, as assistant to Commissioner Philip Elman of the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Rosdeitcher received his B.A. from Columbia in 1958 and L.L.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard in 1961, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review.
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