B.A., University of Virginia
J.D., Harvard Law School

Anthony Paul Farley is the James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Albany Law School. He was the James & Mary Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the Andrew Jefferson Endowed Chair in Trial Advocacy at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2014-2015, the Haywood Burns Chair in Civil Rights at CUNY School of Law in 2006, and a tenured professor at Boston College Law School, where he taught for 16 years. Prior to entering academia, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Farley practiced law as a Corporate/Securities Associate with Shearman & Sterling in NYC.

Professor Farley's work has appeared in chapter form in Bandung Global History and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures (Eslava et al. eds., Cambridge University Press: forthcoming); Hip Hop and the Law (Bridgewater et al. eds., Carolina Academic Press: 2015); After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina (Troutt ed., The New Press: 2007); Cultural Analysis, Cultural Studies & the Law (Sarat & Simon eds., Duke University Press: 2003); Crossroads, Directions & a New Critical Race Theory (Valdes et al. eds., Temple University Press: 2002); Black Men on Race, Gender & Sexuality (Carbado ed., NYU Press: 1999); and Urgent Times: Policing and Rights in Inner-City Communities (Meares & Kahan eds., Beacon: 1999). His writings have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, the Michigan Journal of Race & LawLaw & Literature, UCLA's Chicano Latino Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, and the Columbia Journal of Race & Law.

He has presented recent work at Harvard University, Yale Law School, Howard Law School, the University of Kentucky College of Law, University of Minnesota, the University of California at Davis, York University (Toronto, Canada), the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, and elsewhere. He appeared in the short film "Slavery in Effect," a dialog among scholars at Harvard University's conference The Scope of Slavery: Enduring Geographies of American Bondage in 2014.

Professor Farley was nominated and elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2017. He served a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Minorities Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has previously served on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia.

Public Interest:

Professor Farley has conducted the reading group - Changing Lives Through Literature - composed of people convicted in the Dorchester District Court. The ten-week course culminates with an in-court graduation ceremony and a reception for participants, friends, relatives, and alumni. Participants have included judges, probation officers and other court personnel, alumni, and even prosecutors. The syllabus includes authors from Frederick Douglass to Primo Levi to Dorothy Day. His efforts have been profiled in David Holmstrom, Staying Out of Jail with Books' Help: Massachusetts Lowers Recidivism by Helping Repeat Offenders Discover the Power of Literature, The Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 1995, at 13.

He is a member of the Society of American Law Teachers and previously served as a member of its Board of Governors. He is a member of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and a previously served as a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Public Representation. He is also a member of the American Philosophical Association.

Visits and Appointments:

He has also been Visiting Professor at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley, and the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

Teaching Interests:

Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Torts, International Child Rights, and Legal Theory

Forthcoming Publications

Marxisim as Race Consciousness, __ Yale Journal of Law and Feminism __ (forthcoming)

The Death Penalty as Paradise, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (forthcoming)

"Race & the Unreality of Time," LAW, RACE AND THE POSTCOLONIAL (Mark Harris & Denise Ferreira da Silva eds., Routledge forthcoming)

Selected Talks

The Scholar’s Agenda
Breakfast Panel at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups at the AALS Workshop for New Law School, 22 June 2013

Alternatives to Isolated Confinement in New York State
Panel on Organizing Against Solitary Confinement in the Era of Mass Incarceration, Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIR), Left Forum 2013. Pace University, 6-8 June 2013

Aesthetics of Racism
Senior Commentator - 2013 Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop. Center for Law, History & Culture, Columbia Law School, and UCLA School of Law, invited to comment on winning papers written by senior graduate students and untenured faculty on topics in law and the humanities. Georgetown University Law School, the University of Southern California, 3-4 June 2013

Cultural Intelligence
Invited to lecture on the subject of "Culture" at a meeting of the Boston College Alumni Association, Boston College Law School, 3 November 2012

Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (NEPOC). Suffolk University School of Law, 25-27 October 2012

Children's Literature & the Law
Continuing Legal Education: Literature and the Law. Hampton Inn & Suites, Saratoga Springs, NY, 19 October 2012

Rainbow Signs: Jurisprudence as Eschatology
Faculty Colloquium. Albany Law School, 10 October 2012

The Spaceship & the Cross
Symposium:  the Arc of Justice: The Life and Thought of Derrick Bell, part of the Rainbow Signs double panel that I organized. Western New England University School of Law, 28 September 2012

Critical Race Theory Workshop
Organized Critical Race Theory Workshop on Derrick Bell's Constitutional Law Scholarship. Albany Law School, 27 September 2012

"Planes of blatant impossibility": Law, Order and 3rd World Possibilities in Lord of the Flies
Law & Literature Conference on Lord of the Flies. Howard Law School, Washington, DC, 27 April 2012

Comments on Address by Ben Jealous, NAACP President, on Trayvon Martin and Racial Profiling
Albany Law School, 11 April 2012

Hip Hop and the Critique of Political Economy
Hip Hop and the American Constitution Lecture Series at Drexel Univerity's Earl Mack School of Law, 9 March 2012

Prison Abolition
Boston College Graduate Department of Sociology, 24 January 2012

Keynote Address: The Beloved Community Begins at Home
Martin Luther King Human Rights Speaker. Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT, 22 January 2012

Opening Doors, Making Diversity Matter in Law School Admissions
BA to JD Pipeline Program Symposium. Hosted by Society of American Law Teachers and the St. John's School of Law, 11 November 2011

Exploring the American Family: Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) and Northeast People of Color Conference (NEPOC), panel on scholarly agendas for law professors. Hoftstra University Law School, 3-5 November 2011

Keith Aoki’s Contributions to the Legal Academy
Exploring the American Family: Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) and Northeast People of Color Conference (NEPOC).  This was a eulogy for my friend, Keith Aoki. Hoftstra Law School, 3-5 November 2011

40 Years after the Attica Uprising: “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Baldy Center for Law and Public Policy, University of Buffalo Law School, 11-12 September 2011

Keynote Address
Northeast Black Law Students' Association Regional Convention. Syracuse, NY, 30 September 2010

Critical Race Theory & Political Economy: Post-Racialism, Post-Marxism, and Other Fables of the Dispossession
A Three-Panel stream organized for the National People of Color Scholarship Conference. Seton Hall University School of Law, 9-12 September 2010

How to Become a Law Professor/Pipeline Program
Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Seton Hall University School of Law, 9-12 September 2010

The Abolition of Punishment: Keynote Address
The Day in Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. University of Connecticut, 9 April 2010

Philosophical Café & Department of Philosophy. Union College, 1 March 2010

Keynote Address
Invited to be the Martin Luther King Human Rights Speaker. Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT, 19 January 2010

Abolition: A Call for an Absolute End to the Prison
Invited to speak on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the publication of my article, "Thirteen Stories," in the Touro Law Review. Touro Law Center, 19 November 2009

Keynote Address: Conferring with the Flowers
Taking Oz Seriously: An International Law & Literature Conference on the Work of L. Frank Baum that I organized and hosted. Albany Law School, 13 November 2009

Opening Address: America's New Class Warfare?
Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (NEPOC), Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy. University of Buffalo Law School, 23-24 October 2009

The Jurisprudence of the Johnson-Forest Tendency


Presentation at International Conference on the work of C.L.R James. University of Ottawa, Canada, 16-17 October 2009

The Johnson-Forest Tendency: Concluding Plenary of the Critical Legal Conference 2009
(w/ Costas Douzinas, Patricia Tuitt, Angus Macdonald, Adam Gearey) University of Leicester, United Kingdom, 13 September 2009

Abolition: Faculty Colloquium
Pace Law School, White Plains, NY, 9 March 2009

Gangsta: Sarah Palin and Class Politics: The Evolution of Street Knowledge
(with Cornel West) Hip Hop's Influence on Law and Culture. West Virginia University College of Law, 12-13 February 2009               

Racism & the Law
Robert M. Cover Retreat, Boston University Sargent Center for Outdoor Education. Peterborough, New Hampshire, 29 February - 2 March 2008

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Office of Minority Student Affairs and Technology Entry Program (with activist Barbara Smith). Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 24 January 2008

Keynote Address: Seasons in the Sun: Reflections on Race in 2008
at the 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection and Commemoration at DePaul University College of Law. 21 January 2008

Anthony Paul Farley

Anthony Paul Farley,

James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence

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