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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

St. John's CrimProf John Barrett in Nuremberg Trial Documentary

JohnqProfessor John Q. Barrett appeared in the new PBS/WGBH American Experience documentary, The Nuremberg Trial, which made its debut on Monday, January 30.  American Experience also has created a valuable companion website to the documentary.

Professor Barrett has been teaching at St. John's University since 1995.  Read his essay, Samuel Alito Misunderstands Justice Jackson's Famous Opinion in the Steel Seizure Case, on History News Network (posted January 11, 2006).

Professor Barrett's acclaimed discovery and book, the edited version of That Man:  An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the late Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg prosecutor Robert H. Jackson's previously unknown, never-published memoir of FDR from 1911 through the New Deal and World War II, is available in paperback from Oxford University Press, in fine bookstores nationwide and on line, including through Amazon.Com and Barnes&Noble.ComThat Man, a Main Selection of the Book of the Month Club and the History Book Club and a Choice Outstanding Academic title, was reviewed prominently in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic and Legal Times.

Professor Barrett has discussed That Man in major media, including on NPR's "All Things Considered".  He speaks regularly on Justice Jackson, Nuremberg, That Man, FDR, the Supreme Court and other legal and historical topics in venues throughout the U.S., serves on The Roosevelt Institution advisory board, and is a regular media commentator on legal issues.

Professor Barrett is the Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, NY.  He is writing a biography of Justice Jackson that will include the first inside account of his year (1945-46) away from the Supreme Court as the chief United States prosecutor of the principal surviving Nazi leaders at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.

The Jackson List: Professor Barrett sends out periodic emails with information on Justice Robert H. Jackson.  To join the list, which does not display recipient identities or distribute their email addresses, send a request to

Before joining the St. John's faculty, Barrett was Counselor during 1994-1995 to U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich, who supervised a staff of almost 400 attorneys, criminal investigative agents, auditors and inspectors and had jurisdiction over misconduct and management issues involving DOJ's components and its more than 100,000 employees worldwide.

From 1988-1993, Barrett was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh (Iran/Contra), where he was responsible for federal grand jury investigations and related litigation and participated in the criminal prosecutions of Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, Vice Admiral John M. Poindexter, former Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams and former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger.

Professor Barrett is a graduate of Georgetown University (A.B. 1983) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1986).  From 1986-88, he was a law clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

In addition to Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and his recent Legal History seminar on Nuremberg, Professor Barrett has taught Introduction to Law & the Legal Profession (ILLP), Legal History seminars on American Judicial Biography and on the Hughes and Stone Courts (1930-46), Professional Responsibility, and White Collar Crime.  Professor Barrett is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and serves on its Legal History Committee.  [Mark Godsey]

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