John Q. Barrett
John Q. Barrett is a Professor of Law at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Legal History. He also is Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow and a Board member at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York, and he serves on the Expert Advisory Committee of the International Academy Nuremberg Principles in Nuremberg, Germany. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School.
Work on Justice Jackson: Professor Barrett is writing a biography of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg prosecutor Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954). This work will include the first inside account of Justice Jackson's service, by appointment of President Truman, as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, Germany, of the principal surviving Nazi leaders during 1945 and 1946.
The Jackson List: Professor Barrett sends occasional emails to tens of thousands of subscribers around the world who are interested in Justice Jackson and related topics. To read archived copies of Jackson List posts, click here. To join the Jackson List, which does not display recipient identities or email addresses, send a "subscribe" note to email@example.com.
Justice Jackson's book That Man: Fifty years after Robert H. Jackson's death, Professor Barrett discovered and edited his previously unknown manuscript, now an acclaimed book, That Man: An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Oxford University Press). That Man, an eloquent memoir of FDR from Jackson first meeting in 1911 through their close working relationship and friendship during Roosevelt's presidency, the New Deal years and World War II, is both FDR biography and Jackson autobiography. That Man, a Book of the Month Club main selection, has been reviewed prominently and is assigned regularly in high schools, colleges and graduate schools.
Recent highlights: On September 30, Professor Barrett was one of the speakers at the official naming ceremony for the new Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse in Buffalo, New York (for text, click here). In mid-July, Professor Barrett lectured in Nuremberg, in Creighton Law School's "Nuremberg to the Hague (N2H)" summer program, and at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institute on the topic of the Supreme Court. On July 9th at Chautauqua Institution, he introduced Charles Fried's delivery of the 9th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the U.S. (click here for video). On May 17, Professor Barrett introduced the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr., when he spoke at the Robert H. Jackson Center. (For video, click here and here; for text, click here.) On May 1, Professor Barrett spoke about Justice Jackson and his Supreme Court colleagues at the Harvard Club, New York City. At a January 28 NYC Museum of Tolerance screening of the film "Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today," Professor Barrett discussed the international trial of the Nazi war criminals and its enduring significance. On January 18, he spoke at a NYU Law School public meeting on a proposal to permit law students to take New York's bar exam after two, rather than three, years of law school.
Before joining the St. John's faculty, John Q. Barrett was Counselor to U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich. From 1988-1993, Barrett was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh (Iran/Contra). From 1986-1988, Barrett served as a law clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
In addition to teaching Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, Professor Barrett has taught seminars on American Judicial Biography, the Hughes and Stone Courts (1930-46), and the Nuremberg Trial; Introduction to Law & the Legal Profession; Professional Responsibility; and White Collar Crime. He also has taught Constitutional Law modules in St. John's Summer Prep Program for College Students and Nuremberg-related courses in summer programs at the University of Potsdam Law School in Germany, at ISDE/University of Barcelona in Spain, and in Nuremberg itself.
Professor Barrett speaks regularly on the Supreme Court, Justice Jackson, Nuremberg, FDR, and other legal and historical topics in public venues and to community, campus, religious, corporate, legal profession and other audiences and groups throughout the United States and abroad. Professor Barrett also is a regular national media commentator on legal and historical issues.
Professor Barrett is a member of the Supreme Court Historical Society, a member New York City Bar Association, where he chairs the Legal History Committee, and a supporter of The Parent-Child Home Program and the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues.