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Jenin Younes

Litigation Counsel

Jenin Younes is Litigation Counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance. Having always been a passionate advocate for individual liberties, Jenin spent the first part of her career as an appellate public defender, providing representation to indigent clients convicted of criminal offenses in New York City.  In this capacity, she briefed and argued countless appeals in New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, and several cases in the New York State Court of Appeals.

After witnessing governments throughout the nation violate human rights and civil liberties in an ostensible effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Jenin became active in fighting against lockdowns and related policies. At NCLA, she has litigated against Covid-19 vaccine mandates, and played a significant role in First Amendment challenges to the government’s involvement in censorship on social media, including in Missouri v. Biden, a case initially brought by the Attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana in which NCLA represents two of the co-signers of the Great Barrington Declaration, Drs. Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff.  She led NCLA’s successful effort to preliminary enjoin California’s law punishing doctors for disseminating so-called misinformation about Covid-19 to patients. Jenin also served as senior special counsel on the House Judiciary Committee’s Weaponization of Government Subcommittee’s investigation into the government’s role in censoring speech on social media.

Her writing on these subjects has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine, and Bloomberg Law, among other outlets.

Jenin holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

How State Governments Escape Consequences for Unconstitutional Covid Policies

By: Jenin Younes April 3, 2024
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During the Covid era, state and local governments across the nation flagrantly violated Americans’ constitutional rights for months in some cases and years in others in an ostensible effort to quell the virus’s spread. Yet, with some notable exceptions, the vast majority of bad government actors have avoided facing legal consequences by abusing the mootness…

SCOTUS Must Protect The 1st Amendment. The Biden Admin Certainly Won’t

By: Jenin Younes March 18, 2024
Next week, the Supreme Court will confront a government censorship operation that has no analog in American history. The justices are set to hear oral argument in Murthy v. Missouri, a First Amendment challenge to the Biden administration’s pandemic-era censorship enterprise. The New Civil Liberties Alliance, where I am litigation counsel, represents distinguished scientists whose speech…

Examining The CDC’s COVID Response Actions: “Coercion. Deception. Censorship.”

By: Jenin Younes September 27, 2023
In June of 2022, the NIH published a study bemoaning Americans’ depleted trust in public health: “Public trust in federal government agencies has never been as important as it has been during the Covid-19 pandemic, yet public suspicions of scientific experts and levels of distruct of government institutions are increasing for a variety of reasons[.]”…
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