Abi Hassen; Curriculum Vitae



MA, Political Philosophy

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain

Juris Doctor

New York University (NYU) School Of Law, New York, NY, USA

Bachelor of Science

The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, USA

Emphasis on Computer Science



Partner, O’Neill and Hassen, LLP., Brooklyn, New York, USA


Co-Founder, Black Movement-Law Project (bmlp.org)


Mass Defense Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild, New York, NY, USA

10+ years ago

Organizer (Political, Labor, Community), UNITE HERE, New Haven, CT, USA


2021 The SLO Road to Morality: Structured Leadership Organizing and the Possibilities of Left Progressive Morality, (Paper) Binghamton University 5th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference.

2020 Ask the EFF/Meet the EFA, (Panelist) DEF CON 28, defcon.org

2020 Meet the EFA: A Discussion on Grassroots Organizing for Digital Privacy, Security, Free Expression, Creativity, and Access to Knowledge, (Panelist) Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) 2020, hope.net

2020 Imaginary Agitators: Trump's Designation of Antifa as a Domestic Terrorist Organization, (Moderator) National Lawyers Guild, nlg.org

2020 Policing and Privacy During the COVID19 Crisis, (Guest Lecturer) Library Freedom Institute, libraryfreedom.org

2019 From Pinkertons to Palantir: History and Political Economy of Police Surveillance, (Presenter) Hackers Next Door: An Infosec Conference, New York, NY, USA

2019 From Rapid Response to Building a Sustainable Movement, (Panelist) NAACP Legal Defense Fund Civil Rights Training Institute, Washington, D.C., USA

2019 First they came for Julian… The Attacks on Privacy and the Criminalization of Journalism & Whistleblowing, (Presenter) Peoples Forum, New York, NY, USA

2019 The Left Should Direct the Impeachment Effort (Article with Sam Lewis), truthout.org

2019 Snitching on Yourself: Social Media, Surveillance, and Control, (Guest Lecturer) Library Freedom Institute, libraryfreedom.org

2019 Introduction to Criminal Justice And Public Policy, (Guest Lecturer) Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies Department at Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA, USA

2019 Mueller Investigation Will Set a Precedent — Make It a Good One, (Article) truthout.org

2019 Vulgar Complexity: How Can Complexity Science, Computation, and Evolution Inform Left Political Strategy?, (Organizer, Presenter) Left Forum, New York, NY, USA

2018 Non Profit Developers Conference (Session Host), Oakland, CA, USA

2018 Stop Dropping In: Digital Privacy and the Road to Community Empowerment, (Panelist) Left Forum, New York, NY, USA

2017 Organizing Grassroots Activist Legal Support, (Session Host) CampaignCon, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 Rights To Freedom Of Peaceful Assembly And Of Association In The U.S., (Presenter) 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Commission, side event with Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Geneva, Switzerland.

2017 Legal Support Tech and Organizing for Uprisings, Mass Arrest, and Resistance, (Organizer, Panelist) Internet Freedom Festival, Valencia, Spain

2016 Tech & Activism: How to protect your privacy rights, New York, (Presenter) Turn to Tech, New York, NY, USA

2015 The Ferguson Streets to the High Courts: Protest, Policing, and Resistance, (Panelist) Left Forum, New York, NY, USA

2015 Protest Defense from Ferguson to Baltimore, (Faculty) National Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2015 Encryption vs. Surveillance in the New Civil Rights Movement, (Article) truthout.org

2015 State of Entrapment: An Exploration of Manufactured Fear, (Panelist) New York, NY, USA

2014 Protecting Dissent, Continuing Legal Education, (Faculty) National Lawyer Guild Convention, Chicago, IL, USA

2014 NSA Surveillance and the Law, (Presenter) Drexel University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2013 When Activism Goes Online: Anonymous, Hacktivism, and the Law, (Panelist) New York Law School Institute for Information Law and Policy, New York, NY, USA

2013 Animal Advocacy and Terrorism Law, (Presenter) New York University, New York, NY, USA

2013 Nothing to Hide, So Much to Lose: Understanding the NSA Leaks, (Presenter) Waging Nonviolence, New York, NY, USA

2013 The 5th Estate: Hacking, Leaking and Investigative Journalism, (Organizer, Presenter) Left Forum (available on CSPAN), New York, NY, USA

2013 Aaron Was a Criminal and So Are You, (Article)  commondreams.org 


Elected Leader        

National Convention Delegate, Democratic Socialists of America (2019, 2021)

Bernie Victory Coach

Bernie Sanders 2020 Presidential Campaign


Association for Political Theory


American Philosophical Association


New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Electronic Frontier Alliance (Grassroots branch of Electronic Frontier Foundation)


New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


CIVICUS, global alliance of civil society organisations


Movement for Black Lives, Action Table (2015-2018)


Radical Connections Network (radicalconnections.net)

Board Member        

Mayfirst/PeopleLink (2013-2014)

Founding Member

No Separate Justice: A Post-9/11 Domestic Human Rights Campaign