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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 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions - 34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - 34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - 34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions - Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions, Friday, October 27, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers, Friday, August 11, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions - Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions, Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Monday, August 14, 2017, New York, NY
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, November 09, 2017, New York, NY
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Supreme Court Decisions: October 2016–17 Term - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
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