Barry Friedman, Author of The Will of The People

Barry Friedman is the Vice Dean and Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.  He has taught, written and litigated about the Constitution for twenty-five years. 

Throughout his career, Friedman has had one foot in the academy and one foot in the world of law and legal practice.  Following a clerkship with Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the Eleventh Circuit, Friedman taught for a year at the University of Alabama, where he also engaged in death penalty and prisoner litigation.  He then moved to practice at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in Washington, DC, while teaching as an adjunct at Georgetown University Law Center.  In 1986, Friedman joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he taught until moving to New York in 1999.  In the last twenty 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 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 fifty academic articles in some of the country’s leading journals.  Along with Professor Steven Burbank he co-edited Judicial Independence: An Interdisciplinary Approach.  He also contributes regularly to the mainstream media, with articles or opinion pieces in The New RepublicThe New York TimesThe American Lawyer, and, among others. The Will of the People is his first book.

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 the Vice Dean of NYU Law School, and co-director of the Furman Academic Scholars program, which prepares students for a career in the legal academy. 

Friedman lives in Greenwich Village, with his wife Jill Anton—a food stylist—and his two children Samara and Simon.

For Friedman’s full curriculum vitae, visit his NYU web profile.