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
- Jun 16, 2016 Professor Barry Scheck in WRAL-TV on Prosecutorial Misconduct in Durham, N.C. Murder Case
- Mar 11, 2016 Innocence Project Wins Release of Wrongfully Convicted Man After 25 Years in Prison
- Jan 8, 2016 Students Sharpen Trial Skills in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program
- Nov 25, 2015 Profs Scheck and Yaroshefsky Say Inadequate Funding Creates Crisis in Criminal Justice in New Orleans
- Jun 17, 2015 Professor Barry Scheck in the Daily News: Ending the Era of Wrongful Convictions in New York State
- Jun 11, 2015 2015 National Forensic College at Cardozo Law Presents the Latest in Courtroom Science to Help Reduce Wrongful Convictions
- Apr 28, 2015 These JD-Carrying Exonerees Are Using Their Experiences to Right Wrongs
- 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.