Burt Neuborne

Burt Neuborne is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He has served as the national legal director of the ACLU, as special counsel to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. During his fifty years of public-interest practice, Neuborne has participated in more than two hundred cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. He played Jerry Falwell’s lawyer in Miloš Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt and was the Court TV commentator for the trial of O.J. Simpson. Neuborne is the author of Madison’s Music and When at Times the Mob Is Swayed (The New Press) as well as more than fifty scholarly articles, and he has contributed to The Nation. He is married to Helen Redleaf Neuborne and they live in New York.

News and Reviews

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