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Professor Leon Friedman

Hofstra University School of Law
Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law
New York, NY, USA


Leon Friedman is the Joseph Kushner Special Professor of Civil Liberties Law professor at Hofstra Law School, teaching constitutional law and copyright. He is also a practicing lawyer, specializing in civil rights, First Amendment and intellectual property. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of the Harvard Law School. He served for a time a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

He has written or edited over a dozen books and has published over 100 articles in various law journals, newspapers and magazines. Among his works are The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Decisions, 4th edition (Facts on File, 2013). The original edition of this work won the Scribes Award in 1970 as the best book on a legal subject published that year. Other books include The Supreme Court Confronts Abortion,  Southern Justice, The Civil Rights Reader, Brown v. Board of Education, Obscenity, The Wise Minority,  Unquestioning Obedience to the President (with Burt Neuborne) and Disorder in the Court (with Norman Dorsen)

He has written or worked on briefs for the United States Supreme Court in many important cases dealing with the First Amendment (Simon & Schuster v. Members of the New York State Crime Victims Board, Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada, Grove Press v. Maryland Board of Censors, Carroll v. Princess Anne County) copyright (Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music ) civil rights, employment discrimination, Criminal Procedure, and abuse of government power.

He also practices in the area of copyright, employment discrimination and civil rights. He has represented a number of publishers, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Arcade Publishers, Chelsea House Publishers, as well as many authors including I. B. Singer, Susan Sontag, John McPhee, Stephen Spender, Hunter Thompson, Oscar Hijuelos, as well as the estates of Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot. C.S. Forester and Daphne du Murier. Among his other clients have been James Brown, the Isley Brothers and Kathleen Turner. He is the general counsel for PEN American Center and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Professor Leon Friedman is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Criminal Law and Procedure - 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Monday, August 15, 2016
Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action? - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Criminal Law and Procedure - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Criminal Law and Procedure, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration, Monday, August 15, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses - Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion - Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action? - Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action?, Friday, September 30, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Freedom of Speech, Voting Rights, and Religion, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Business Interests, Class Actions, Civil Rights, and Other Civil Litigation, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Criminal Law and Procedure - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Criminal Law and Procedure, Monday, August 15, 2016
Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration - Supreme Court October 2015 Term: Three Big Issues: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and Presidential Power Over Immigration, Monday, August 15, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses - Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action? - Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action?, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion - Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion, Friday, September 30, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 18th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2015 Term, Wednesday, August 17, 2016, New York, NY
33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Wednesday, October 05, 2016, New York, NY
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Lullo v. Nassau County, Supplemental Brief for Plaintiffs–Appellees - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (33rd Annual), Friday, September 30, 2016
Supreme Court Decisions, October 2015–2016 Term - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (33rd Annual), Friday, September 30, 2016
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New York, NY
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New York, NY
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New Orleans, LA
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Boston, MA
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Cleveland, OH
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, New Brunswick , NJ
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Atlanta, GA
19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Thursday, August 10, 2017, Columbus, OH
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, New Brunswick , NJ
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, Cleveland, OH
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, Atlanta, GA
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