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Randy E. Barnett

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts.

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. 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.

Professor Barnett’s publications includes more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as nine books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2005), Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Aspen, 2008), Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (Oxford 2010) and Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 4th ed. 2008). His book,The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) was published in Japanese.

In 2004, Professor Barnett argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. He delivered the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto. He is frequently a guest on such programs as the CBS Evening News, The NBC Nightly News, The Glenn Beck Show (FNC), Parker Spitzer(CNN), and the Ricki Lake Show. His opinion pieces appear regularly in such publications as The Wall Street Journal.

In 2007, Professor Barnett was featured in the documentaries, The Trials of Law School and In Search of the Second Amendment. He also portrayed an assistant prosecutor in the independent film InAlienable, released in 2010, which stars Richard Hatch, Courtney Peldon, Marina Sirtis, Erick Avari, and Walter Koenig.

Recent Articles and Publications

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February 13, 2013
By Benjamin Domenech, James L. Johnston, Robert Genetski, Steve Stanek, Richard Vedder, Randy E. Barnett, Peter Ferrara, Robert G. Holland, Joy Pullmann, Marc Morano, Marita Noon, Tibor R. Machan, Seton Motley, Avik Roy, John McAdams (1945 - 2021), Alan Caruba (1938-2015), Charles Battig, Jane M. Orient, M.D., David L. Applegate, Clifford Thies, Richard Esenberg, Walter Starck
The following statements on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night are from staffers, fellows, and policy advisors at The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank. They may be used for attribution.
January 24, 2013
By Maureen Martin (1947 - 2013), Steve Stanek, S. T. Karnick, Joy Pullmann, David L. Applegate, Randy E. Barnett
At a Capitol Hill press conference today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced the introduction of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.
November 1, 1992
By Randy E. Barnett, Joseph Bast, Robert Genetski, Daniel D. Polsby
In 1992, the city of Chicago was reeling from the shooting death of Dantrell Davis, a 7-year-old boy caught in the crossfire of gangs battling for control of the city's notorious Cabrini Green public housing project.

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