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John Q. Barrett

Professor of Law

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 the Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow and a Board member at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York.  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 regularly sends email to subscribers around the world who are interested in Justice Jackson and related topics. To read archived copies of past Jackson List posts, click here. To join the Jackson List, which does not display recipient identities or email addresses, send a "subscribe" note to barrettj@stjohns.edu.

Justice Jackson's book That Man: Fifty years after Robert H. Jackson's death, Professor Barrett discovered and edited Jackson's 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 him 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.

Some recent activities:  On August 16, Professor Barrett introduced Judge Jon O. Newman, who then delivered Chautauqua Institution's 13th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court of the U.S. (video).  On July 28, Professor Barrett delivered his own lecture at Chautauqua, "Justice Jackson and His Brethren" (video).  On July 6, he lectured at the University of Cambridge, England, on "Allies Among Allies: Justice Robert H. Jackson and His U.K. Colleagues on the Road the Nuremberg, 1945," at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies' Cambridge Lectures.  On June 23, Professor Barrett delivered the inaugural Alan Y. Cole Lecture, "Robert H. Jackson on Immigrants, Citizens, Power, & Liberty," at a Robert H. Jackson Center conference on Immigration, Security, and American values (video).  On June 11, Professor Barrett was the inaugural Milton Mann Lecturer, on "The Nuremberg Trials," at the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County, Stamford, CT.  On May 4, Professor Barrett delivered the keynote lecture, "The Rule of Law at Nuremberg and Lessons for Today," at the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) Spring Education Seminar, in Ottawa, Canada.  On April 23, for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Professor Barrett published an op-ed piece, "Humanity's March, From Nuremberg to Today," in the Jerusalem Post.  (For more, see the c.v. link to the right.)

Before joining the St. John's faculty, John Q. Barrett was Counselor to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, from 1994-95.  From 1988-93, he was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh (Iran/Contra).  From 1986-88, Barrett was 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 serves on the board of the Historical Society of the New York Courts.  He previously chaired the New York City Bar Association's Legal History Committee and served on the International Expert Advisory Council of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy.  At St. John's, he is Faculty Coordinator of the St. Thomas More Scholarship Program and adviser to two student organizations, the American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter and the Gay & Lesbian Law Association (GALLA).

Last updated August 21, 2017.

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