Prof. Monroe Freedman Recognized for Pro Bono Work

Professor Monroe Freedman spoke to Hofstra Law students about his pro bono activities, which earned him the following evaluative memo in his FBI file: “Freedman has been a member of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Washington affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. He has been extremely outspoken, and his irresponsible mouthings have received an inordinate amount of publicity.”

While doing civil rights and civil liberties litigation, and representing indigent criminal defendants in Washington, D.C., from 1958-1973, Professor Freedman won 2,400 criminal cases in 72 hours (which he claims as an indoor world record).

Professor Freedman’s current pro bono work includes consulting and testifying as an expert witness in Guantanamo and death penalty cases, and serving as an active participant on two national commissions on the rights of indigent criminal defendants

In January, Professor Freedman will lecture at Harvard on lawyers’ ethics, as he has done annually for the past 30 years. He will also return to Georgetown University Law Center as a Visiting Professor in the spring of 2009, while continuing to teach at Hofstra.

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