Franklin Siegel, Distinguished Lecturer and Legal Affairs Designee, received his B.A. from New York University's Washington Square College of Arts and Science, M.A. in Economics from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and LL.M from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
A former staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, he now serves on its board and as a volunteer attorney. He was a national board member and New York Chapter President of the National Lawyers Guild and was a founder and first coordinator of the Guild's Puerto Rico Legal Project, later to become the island's first public interest law firm. His litigation work has included being co-lead counsel in the stolen assets case against Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and he helped manage the asset recovery effort against the former Shah of Iran.
He represented journalists and media organizations challenging military restrictions on news coverage during the 1991 Gulf War; was on a legal team representing a civil rights Class led by the Civic Association of the Deaf to preserve fire alarm boxes deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers use to summon emergency assistance from the streets, resulting in an influential Americans with Disabilities Act ruling defining government's duties when altering public services; and was one of the attorneys who represented members of Congress who brought lawsuits when the first President Bush and President Clinton sought to use military force without Congressional authorization required by the Constitution and War Powers Resolution.
He has represented foreign governments, including the Presidential Commission on Good Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Vietnam Mission to the United Nations. He is one of four Class Counsel in the Handschu case, which prohibits the New York City Police Department from conducting surveillance of lawful political expression, association and protest activity, and which during the last decade withstood city efforts to eliminate court-ordered protections.