B.S., 1971, Yale University
J.D., M.C.P., 1974, University of California at Berkeley
Areas of Expertise
Professor Scheck is known for his landmark litigation that has set standards for forensic applications of DNA technology. Since 1988, his and Peter Neufeld's work in this area have shaped the course of case law across the country and led to an influential study by the National Academy of Sciences on forensic DNA testing, as well as important state and federal legislation. He and Neufeld coauthored with Jim Dwyer Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted.
Professor Scheck is a commissioner on New York's Forensic Science Review Board, a body that regulates all of the state's crime and forensic DNA laboratories. He is first vice president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves on the board of the National Institute of Justice's Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. In addition to the work he has done through Cardozo's Innocence Project, which has represented dozens of men who were exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing, Scheck has represented such notable clients as Hedda Nussbaum, O. J. Simpson, Louise Woodward, and Abner Louima. Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, he was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York.
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Barry Scheck in the news
- Oct 30, 2014 ACLU: Let Wrongfully Convicted Man Spend Last Days at Home
- Oct 14, 2014 Cardozo Alumna Helps Win Innocent Prisoner's Freedom
- Oct 6, 2014 Professor Barry Scheck: Reform Eyewitness Identification
- Sep 19, 2014 New Trial for Lifer After DNA Raises Questions About Murder Conviction
- Aug 19, 2014 Working to Exonerate Innocent People in American Prisons
- Jul 22, 2014 Judges and Lawyers Work to Understand Courtroom Science
- Jun 20, 2014 LA Times: Barry Scheck on the O.J. Trial, DNA Evidence and the Innocence Project
- Jun 16, 2014 NLJ: Public Defenders Get Schooled in Forensic Science
- Jun 12, 2014 Professor Scheck Organizes the First Public Defender's Forensics College
- May 20, 2014 Professor Barry Scheck: Is this the year NY acts to prevent wrongful convictions?