Barry Friedman is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, the Director of the New York University School of Law’s Policing Project, and the lead Reporter on the ALI’s Principles of the Law, Policing project. Professor Friedman is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and the widely-discussed book on policing and the Constitution, Unwarranted: Policing without Permission, (2017). He writes extensively about police regulation, constitutional law and theory, federal jurisdiction, and judicial behavior. His scholarship appears regularly in the nation’s top law and peer-edited reviews, and he is a frequent contributor to the nation's leading publications, including The New York Times, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, Politico and The New Republic, among others. He currently is co-authoring a book for a new course entitled Judicial Decision making, that marries social science about judging with normative and institutional legal questions. His books and articles have been cited and relied upon countless times by scholars and policymakers alike.
Professor Friedman serves as a litigator or litigation consultant on a variety of matters in the federal and state courts, for both private clients and pro bono. He has long been involved with social change issues. In 1995 he won the Clarence Darrow Award from the ACLU of Tennessee for his work in defense of civil liberties; he has also been recognized twice by the State and Local Legal Center for his work on behalf of state and local governments.
He serves as the Founding Director of the Policing Project at NYU Law, devoted to helping bring principles of democratic governance and data-driven best practices to policing. He circulates through a variety of courses about policing, including Democratic Policing, a colloquium on policing, and the Policing Project externship.
Professor Friedman graduated from the University of Chicago and received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and also worked as a litigation associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in Washington D.C. He was a professor at Vanderbilt Law School before joining the NYU faculty in 2000.