Prof. David Barron
David Barron is a Professor at Harvard Law School. He recently returned to teaching after serving as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the United States Department of Justice from January 20, 2009-July 2010. In that capacity, he authored a number of published opinions, including ones on cyber security, the First Amendment, the application of the Violence Against Women Act to same-sex partners, and the separation of powers, and he provided advice on a wide range of national security and domestic legal issues. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he served as a member of the Justice Department agency review team for the Obama-Biden Transition. While teaching, he served as an advisor on Supreme Court confirmation hearings to Senator Charles Schumer and Edward M. Kennedy, and he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on war powers. His teaching and scholarship focuses on war powers, presidential power, the separation of powers, administrative law, constitutional law, federalism, and local government law. His articles on these topics have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Supreme Court Review. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on local government law and of City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation (Cornell 2008). Before entering law teaching, Professor Barron served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel from 1996-1999, and as a law clerk to Associate Justice John Paul Stevens and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2012, Prof. Barron was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Juliette Kayyem, and their three children, Cecilia, Leo and Jeremiah.