After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern and Harvard Law School. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies. In 2004, Professor Barnett appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue the medical cannabis case of Gonzales v. Raich. He lectures internationally and appears frequently on radio and television programs such as the CBS Evening News, The News Hour (PBS), Talk of the Nation (NPR), Hannity & Colmes (FOX) and the Ricki Lake Show. He delivered the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto.
Professor Barnett’s scholarship includes more than eighty articles and reviews, as well as eight books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2004), Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Aspen 2008), and Contracts Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 4th ed. 2008). His book The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) has been translated into Japanese. Professor Barnett has appeared in the documentaries, The Trials of Law School (2007) and In Search of the Second Amendment (2007). He also portrayed an assistant prosecutor in the independent film In Alienable, which stars Richard Hatch, Courtney Peldon, Marina Sirtis, Erick Avari, and Walter Koenig.
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