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Chris Hansen


Chris Hansen has been a civil liberties lawyer for more than 30 years, arguing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state courts nationwide. His most prominent cases include the effort to reform Willowbrook, a New York State institution for mentally disabled citizens (NYSARC v. Carey), the remedy phase of the original school desegregation case (Brown v. Board of Education), and a series of cases seeking reform of state or county child welfare agencies.

Hansen led the ACLU’s litigation effort to ensure the strongest free speech protections apply to the Internet. He was lead counsel for the ACLU in ACLU v. Reno, the case holding unconstitutional an effort by Congress to criminalize constitutionally protected speech on the web.