Prof. Randy E. Barnett
Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and 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. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011-12 he represented the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. He delivered the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.
His publications include more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as nine books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2005), The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (Oxford 2010), Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Wolters Kluwer, 5th ed. 2012), and Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Wolters Kluwer, 2nd ed. 2013). His book, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) was published in Japanese.
Professor Barnett's opinion pieces appear regularly in such publications as The Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears on news programs on CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox News, as well as on the Ricki Lake Show. In 2007, Professor Barnett was featured in the documentaries, The Trials of Law School and In Search of the Second Amendment. He 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.