Lee Gelernt
Adjunct Professor of Law

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York,  New York  10004
Email: LGELERNT@aclu.org
Telephone: 212.549.2616

Lee Gelernt is a senior attorney at the ACLU’s national office, in the Immigrants’ Rights Project and has been with the ACLU since 1992. He has litigated numerous groundbreaking civil rights cases over the past decade and has testified before the United States Senate as an expert on civil rights issues affecting immigrants. Since September 11, 2001, he has worked on civil liberties issues arising out of the events of September 11, including arguing both the Third and Sixth Circuit cases challenging the government’s policy of holding secret deportation hearings. Among Mr. Gelernt’s many honors, he received the13th Annual Public Interest Achievement Award from Columbia University’s Public Interest Law Foundation, and has twice been given the American Immigration Lawyer’s national award for excellence in litigation. He is a frequent guest speaker at law schools and conferences around the country, regularly appears in the national and international media, and also serves on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute. Mr. Gelernt is a 1988 graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review, and is a former law clerk to Frank M. Coffin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Gelernt also has a MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics.


  • The 1996 Immigration Legislation and the Assault on the Courts, 67 Brooklyn L. Rev. 455 (2001)
  • “Health Care Reform and the Rights of Immigrants,” In Defense of the Alien, Vol. XVII (1994)
  • “Employer Sanctions and National Identification Cards,” In Defense of the Alien, Vol. XVII (1994)

Professional Affiliations

Senior Staff Counsel, National Office, ACLU, Immigrants’ Rights Project 1992-present


Columbia Law School, J.D., 1988