Dorothy Samuels ’73, former editorial board member of The New York Times, has joined the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law as a senior fellow. During her 30 years at The Times, Samuels wrote on a wide array of legal and public policy issues, with a particular focus on the justice system, civil rights, and civil liberties.
Prior to her tenure with The Times editorial board, Samuels served for three years as executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the largest affiliate of the national ACLU, where she focused on issues of democratic governance, most prominently, improper dilution of minority voting strength, and political influence. Her previous experience additionally includes an early stint as a corporate attorney and work for the Ford Foundation. She is also the author of a comic novel, Filthy Rich. In addition to her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr, she graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, where she will teach a First Amendment course in the coming year.