Fritz Mulhauser is an attorney in Washington, D.C. In twenty years with the American Civil Liberties Union, he specialized in police accountability in his hometown, working on dozens of cases challenging unconstitutional actions by D.C. and federal agency police and winning both damages and changes in policy. He was part also of advocacy efforts with the numerous police agencies in D.C. and the D.C. Council in areas such as ill-treatment of mass demonstrations in the Bush era, interference with citizen photography of buildings or videos of police, disrespectful treatment of Muslim women in jail lockups, lack of transparency and oversight of new privacy-invasive technologies such as cell location tracking, automated license plate readers and cell-site simulators.
He worked to strengthen complaint review both within the police department and through the independent D.C. Office of Police Complaints that ACLU was the major force in creating. He was a criminal defense attorney in D.C. Superior Court for a year as he got his JD at Georgetown Law. He has taught at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and American University Washington College of Law.
He is an expert in the use of public records laws, serving on the board of the D.C. Open Government Coalition and co-chairing its legal committee. He was earlier a staff member in the House of Representatives and assistant director at the congressional watchdog agency, the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He began his career writing teaching materials to bring controversial public issues into high school classrooms and was the founder of an alternative high school in the 1960s. He is a graduate of Harvard College and also has master’s degrees in American history (Yale) and education (Harvard Graduate School of Education).