Frank Askin

Frank Askin

Professor Frank Askin was appointed to the faculty of Rutgers School of Law - Newark upon his graduation from that school with highest honors in 1966. Admitted to the law school without an undergraduate degree, he was awarded a B.A. from City College of New York at the same time he received his J.D. from Rutgers.

In 1970, he established the Constitutional Litigation Clinic as part of the law school's curriculum; he still is associated with the clinic. Under his guidance, the clinic litigated the first police surveillance cases in the nation; battled the FBI over the investigation and maintenance of files on two precocious New Jersey high schoolers who corresponded with "the wrong persons"; defended affirmative action programs up to the United States Supreme Court; challenged the New Jersey State Police for stopping and searching "long-haired travelers" on the state's highways; argued for the right of the homeless to vote and to have access to public library facilities; and protected the right of grassroots advocacy groups to take their messages door-to-door and to privately owned shopping malls. Professor Askin has been a member of the National Board of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1969 and has been one of the ACLU's four general counsel since 1976.

In 1986, he was the (unsuccessful) Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey's 11th District, covering parts of Essex and Morris Counties.

His memoir, , was published in 1997 by Humanities Press [Frank Askin. "Defending Rights: A Life in Law and Politics". Humanity Books, 1997. ISBN-10: 1573926221, ISBN-13: 978-1573926225 ] . He is listed in Woodward & White's Best Lawyers in America.



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