Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. He has also taught torts, criminal law, cyberlaw, evidence, agency and partnership, and jurisprudence. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern and Harvard Law School. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.
After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, Professor Barnett tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States' Attorney's Office in Chicago. In 2004, Professor Barnett appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue the medical cannabis case of Gonzalez v. Raich after successfully arguing in the Ninth Circuit (to listen to the argument, click here). He coauthored an amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas.
Professor Barnett lectures internationally, delivering the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto. He has also lectured on contract law theory at Waseda University (Tokyo) and on criminal justice theory at Kansai University (Osaka).
Professor Barnett's publications includes more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as nine books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2004), Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Aspen, 2008), Contracts (Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law, 2010), Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 4th ed. 2008), and The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998), which was translated into Japanese.
He regularly publishes opinion pieces in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, and appears on such programs as the CBS Evening News, The NBC Nightly News, Parker-Spitzer (CNN), The Glenn Beck Show (FNC) and the Ricki Lake Show. In 2007, Professor Barnett was featured in the documentaries, The Trials of Law School and In Search of the Second Amendment.