Civil Rights | International Human Rights

I am an attorney, author, and litigator specializing in Constitutional law and international human rights law, with a practice based in New York. My areas of focus include: freedom of expression, religious liberty, civil rights litigation, prisoner rights, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and litigation, and regional and international human rights mechanisms.

I am currently a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU), based in Washington, D.C., and co-authored their 2018 report, Equal Treatment? Measuring the legal and media responses to ideologically motivated violence in the United States. I am also a consultant with ARTICLE 19, which has offices around the world and defends freedom of expression globally, and I provide analysis on laws impacting freedom of expression around the world. I have also worked with other civil rights organizations, including individual chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as well as the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

I write and lecture on civil rights issues: I have been invited several times to USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism as well as to several law schools. I have published in the The Nation, The New York Daily News, Huffington Post, AlterNet, Truthdig, and the NYU Law Review, and I have appeared on live broadcast programs including BBC, Democracy Now!, and Al Jazeera English.

Education: J.D. NYU Law (Notes Editor, NYU Law Review); First Year UCLA Law (Accepted to UCLA Law Review); Columbia Law School (Visiting Study); M.A. UCLA  Mathematics (Commencement Speaker); B.S. UCLA Mathematics

Journalism: Radio journalist for four years. Director, UCLA Radio News (3 years). Founder, Daily Bruin Radio.

Contact: info [AT] cshenkman [DOT] com.

More information is available on my CV.