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Brett Max Kaufman

Senior Staff Attorney

ACLU Center for Democracy


Brett Max Kaufman is a senior staff attorney in the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, where he works primarily on national security issues. Mr. Kaufman is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Texas School of Law, where he was book review editor of the Texas Law Review and a human rights scholar at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. After graduation from law school, Mr. Kaufman spent one year in Israel, serving first as a foreign law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Asher Dan Grunis and then as a volunteer attorney at Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement. He next completed two clerkships in New York City — with the Hon. Robert D. Sack of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and with Judge Richard J. Holwell and (after Judge Holwell’s resignation) Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He spent two years as a national security fellow in the ACLU’s National Security Project, and one year as a teaching fellow in New York University’s Technology Law & Policy Clinic, where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor of law.

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