Defending Constitutional Freedoms With Caleb Kruckenberg Of The NCLA

Whether it’s gun rights, or other civil liberties, there are crucial organizations and individuals that work to defend them with a litigation strategy leveraging their legal background.

Caleb Kruckenberg is litigation counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) and joins the show to discuss the importance of navigating the judicial system in defense of citizen rights. Before joining NCLA, Caleb represented clients at both the trial and appellate level. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Most recently, he worked as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in Philadelphia, and as an advocate for criminal justice reform for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Caleb has tried cases before juries and argued appellate matters all over the country, sometimes in the same week. Listen in for his unique expertise and insights. 

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Highlights And Insights From The Episode

  • Why Caleb changed his career from District Attorney to civil rights defender.
  • How “Chevron deference” tilts the judicial system in favor of government agencies.
  • Which movie most accurately portrays criminal defense attorneys.
  • Which TWO Constitutional amendments Caleb says are the most important.
  • And so much more!

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New Civil Liberties Alliance

“Founded by law professor Philip Hamburger–and inspired by his scholarship–NCLA is a non-profit, public-interest law firm, which engages in pro bono litigation to defend the liberty established by the Constitution and restore constitutional constraints to the administrative state. It focuses primarily on fighting administrative power and conditions on spending where they systematically threaten constitutional freedoms, including the freedom of speech, jury-trial rights, and due process.”

“Rather than resist administrative power wherever it threatens substantive rights and interests, NCLA will work against administrative mechanisms that repeatedly and broadly threaten constitutionally protected rights. For example, NCLA will oppose the Chevron and Auer deference federal courts give to administrative agencies that compromises judicial independence. Coordinating its efforts with other civil rights groups, NCLA will pursue strategic litigation that promises to curtail administrative threats to civil liberties.”