Eric M. Freedman is the Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at Hofstra Law School. His career combines scholarship in constitutional law with public interest litigation in a variety of civil liberties fields including capital punishment, the habeas corpus rights of alleged terrorists and others, and the First Amendment. He has testified to Congress on several of these matters as well as on the limits of Presidential power. He is also frequently called upon by courts abroad to be an expert witness on aspects of the American legal system, particularly regarding criminal matters.
Professor Freedman serves as the Reporter for the American Bar Associationís Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (2d ed., 2003), reprinted in 31 Hof. L.R. 913 (2003). He is the author of Habeas Corpus: Rethinking the Great Writ of Liberty (NYU Press, 2001), which has become a principal reference for journalists and Supreme Court Justices alike, and of numerous articles in constitutional law and history.
Professor Freedman was instrumental in setting up the first programs for clinical legal education in the post-Communist Czech Republic and regularly teaches comparative law courses in European countries.
Hofstra University has awarded him its Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarship for his work on the Articles of Confederation, and named him as its Distinguished Scholarly Lecturer for his research into Presidential immunity. In 2004, the American Association on Mental Retardation presented Professor Freedman with its Dybwad Humanitarian Award for his efforts on behalf of Earl Washington, Jr., a mentally retarded black man who was the first person ever released from Death Row in Virginia on the grounds of innocence.
A graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale College, Professor Freedman earned a Masterís Degree in history from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand while on a Fulbright Scholarship there. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and serves as a Director of and Counsel to the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Professor Freedman clerked for Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced as a litigator at the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York and Washington.