Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman is the Vice Dean and Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and has taught, written and litigated about the Constitution for 25 years. He recently published his first book, The Will of the People, a historical account of the relationship between popular opinion and the Supreme Court.

In the last 20 years, Friedman has represented pro bono and private clients at every level of the state and federal courts. His cases have dealt with abortion rights, free speech, interstate commerce and state authority.

Friedman has energetically devoted himself to the public interest. He was the affiliate president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, and on the board of the State and Local Legal Center; he also served on the board and executive committee of the American Judicature Society for many years. He presently serves as co-director of the Furman Academic Scholars program, which prepares students for a career in the legal academy.

Friedman is one of the country's leading authorities on the federal courts and judicial behavior. His work is interdisciplinary, grounded in law, political science and history. He has published over 50 academic articles in some of the country's leading journals. He co-edited Judicial Independence: An Interdisciplinary Approach and regularly contributes to The New Republic, The New York Times, The American Lawyer and