Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, Liberty and National Security Program
Rachel Levinson-Waldman serves as Senior Counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law.
From 2006 through 2011, Ms. Levinson-Waldman served as Associate Counsel and then Senior Counsel to the American Association of University Professors. In that role, she oversaw the AAUP’s in-house legal docket and contributed to amicus briefs and policy issues in a variety of areas, focusing particularly on academic freedom and the First Amendment. She regularly spoke to audiences on matters relating to higher education and to free speech, and was a frequent commenter for the higher education press.
From 2003 through 2006, Ms. Levinson-Waldman served as a Trial Attorney in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, litigating matters under the Fair Housing Act. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Levinson-Waldman clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Levinson-Waldman is a 2002 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and graduated cum laude with a BA in Religion from Williams College.