Jerome A. Barron

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Jerome A. Barron is the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and a former dean of the law school.

Career at The George Washington University Law School[edit]

Professor Barron joined the faculty in 1965.

He served as dean of the Law School from 1979 to 1988.

Professor Barron holds one of the prestigious endowed professorships at The George Washington University - Harold H. Greene Professor of Law. This professorship was established in 2000. Professor Barron has also held the endowed professorship of Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law.[1]

Professor Barron teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and communications law and on First Amendment issues.

On October 12, 2007, a symposium was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Professor Jerome Barron’s seminal article in the Harvard Law Review calling for an affirmative First Amendment right to access the press.[2] U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer was one of the speakers at the event.[3]

Notable Accomplishments[edit]

  • Argued and participated in First Amendment cases in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Served as a consultant to the Senate-convened Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate)
  • Chair of the ABA Committee on Graduate Legal Education
  • Chair, Mass Communication Law, AALS
  • Chair, Graduate Legal Education Committee, ABA
  • In 2004, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in Italy.
  • Author of dozens of Law Review articles, chapters in books, and book reviews.

Cases argued[edit]


Professor Barron's son, David Jeremiah Barron, is a professor of law at the Harvard Law School and has been nominated to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.[5] He also was acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Obama Administration.


  • B.A., Tufts University
  • J.D., Yale University
  • LL.M., George Washington University

Books Written[edit]

  • Freedom of the Press for Whom? (1973)
  • Constitutional Law: Principles and Policy (6th ed. 2002) (with Dienes, McCormack, and Redish)
  • Constitutional Law: Principles and Policy (7th ed. 2006) (with Dienes, McCormack, and Redish)
  • Mass Communication Law (6th ed. 1998) (with Gillmor and Simon)
  • Constitutional Law in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2003) (with Dienes)
  • Constitutional Law, Black Letter Series (7th ed. 2005)

In The News[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ GWU Endowed Professorships
  2. ^ The George Washington University Law School
  3. ^ Speaker list
  4. ^ 418 U.S. 241 (1974)
  5. ^ David Barron HLS faculty profile
  6. ^ "The Right to Be Unfair." Time, Apr. 29, 1974