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
- Mar 9, 2015 The Innocence Project Uses DNA Evidence to Clear Lake County, IL Man Serving 20 Years for Abduction, Rape
- Mar 9, 2015 Professor Barry Scheck on MSNBC: Getting Out of Death Row Alive
- Jan 16, 2015 Oklahoma to Resume Executions, as Use of Death Penalty Declines Across U.S.
- Dec 18, 2014 'Serial' Podcast Brings Added Attention to Maryland Innocence Project
- Dec 16, 2014 Professor Barry Scheck: California is Overdue in Adopting Rule on Exculpatory Evidence
- Dec 8, 2014 Professor Barry Scheck and Legal Team Battle for Restitution for Wrongfully Imprisoned Detroit Man
- Dec 3, 2014 Video: Cardozo Law's Clinical Program Brings Law to Life
- 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