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    Hofstra University
  Dec 15, 2017
2004-2005 Law Catalog [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Alafair S. Burke

Eric M. Freedman     Eric M. Freedman
Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law
B.A., J.D., Yale University
M.A., Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

Professor Freedman has two primary areas of academic interest. One is constitutional law and history, with a special emphasis on the history of the Revolutionary period, First Amendment topics, and Presidential immunity. The second is litigation-centered and includes the fields of civil and criminal procedure and strategy, with a focus on the death penalty.

Professor Freedman was previously a litigation associate with the New York City law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he pursued both general commercial practice and numerous pro bono matters. Professor Freedman also served as a law clerk to Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, studied abroad on a Fulbright Scholarship, and served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Freedman is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a director of the National Coalition Against Censorship. He formerly chaired the City Bar?s Committee on Civil Rights, and served on its Committees on Capital Punishment, Communications Law, and Legal History. He is actively involved in the continuing professional education of lawyers and judges, and in providing pro bono litigation advice and representation. Professor Freedman is the Reporter for the ABA?s Guidelines for the Appointment and Perf o rmance of Defense Counsel in Capital cases, which was released at a conference at the Law School in 2003. His book Habeas Corpus: Rethinking the Great Writ of Liberty was published by New York University Press in 2002.