Fraenkel, Osmond K. (1888–1981)

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FRAENKEL, OSMOND K. (1888–1981)

Trained at Columbia University Law School, Osmond Kessler Fraenkel made his mark on American constitutional law as a civil liberties advocate. He was counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union from 1934 to 1955 and for the american civil liberties union from 1955 to 1977. During most of that time he was also an official of the National Lawyers Guild. In addition to being involved in much of the important civil liberties litigation of his time, Fraenkel wrote four books, including Our Civil Liberties (1945) and The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties (1960), as well as many law review articles.

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