Burt Neuborne

Burt Neuborne is the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding legal director of NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice and has participated in more than two hundred cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Neuborne is the author of Madison’s Music and When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic (both from The New Press) and lives in New York.

News and Reviews

Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“His pragmatic tone and realistic approach to what needs to change, and why, makes for a nuanced discussion of civic minutiae, current affairs and historical context that is approachable.”

The New York Times

The New York Times calls Madison's Music "a detailed history of the transformation of First Amendment law."


JURIST’s Arjun Mishra interviewed Burt Neuborne about Madison's First Amendment and the ways it can be interpreted.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Erwin Chemerinsky writes that Neuborne "elegantly examines James Madison’s intent when he initially drafted the First Amendment."

Books by Burt Neuborne

Madison’s Music
On Reading the First Amendment

Burt Neuborne

When at Times the Mob Is Swayed
A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic

Burt Neuborne