Friday, September 21, 2007

Immigrant of the Day: Charles Fried (Czechoslovakia)

Charles_fried Charles Fried is a prominent conservative American jurist and lawyer. He served as U.S. Solicitor General from 1985 to 1989. He is currently a the Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1935, Fried became a U.S. citizen in 1948. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, he attended Oxford University, where he earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Law.   In 1960, Fried received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.  He joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1961.

In October 1985, President Reagan appointed Fried as Solicitor General of the United States. As Solicitor General, he represented the Reagan Administration before the Supreme Court in 25 cases.

In 1989, when President Reagan left office, Fried returned to Harvard Law School. From September 1995 until June 1999, Fried served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Before joining the court, Fried held the chair of Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. On July 1, 1999, he returned to Harvard Law School as a fulltime member of the faculty and Beneficial Professor of Law.

Fried has taught courses on appellate advocacy, commercial law, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, federal courts, labor law, torts, legal philosophy, and medical ethics.   He is the author of seven books, over thirty journal articles, and his work has appeared in over a dozen collections.

In 2005, Fried testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the nomination of John Roberts to become Chief Justice of the United States. Fried also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the nomination of Samuel Alito Alito to the Supreme Court.


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