Faculty Information

  • Biography

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

    Prof. Farley specializes in Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Legal Theory. Prof. Farley was a tenured member of the Boston College Law School faculty, where he taught for sixteen years prior to joining his wife, Associate Prof. Maria Grahn-Farley, on the Albany Law School faculty.  Prior to entering academia, Prof. Farley served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.  Prior to his time as a federal prosecutor, Prof. Farley practiced law as a Corporate/Securities Associate with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

    In 2006-2007 Farley was honored as the 11th holder of the Haywood Burns Chair in Civil Rights at CUNY School of Law. In 2005, the Boston College Black Law Students Association honored him as the first recipient of The Anthony P. Farley Excellence in Teaching Award, an annual teaching award bearing his name. In 2003, he was the recipient of a residential fellowship with the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California.

    Farley's work in legal theory and constitutional law has appeared in chapter form in After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina (Troutt ed., The New Press: 2006); 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 work has also 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 Columbia Journal of Race and Law, the Cardozo Law Review, Law & Literature, and the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.

    Public Interest:

    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.

    Farley 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:

    In addition to holding the Haywood Burns Chair in Civil Rights at CUNY School of Law in 2006-2007, Farley has 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

  • 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 AddressSeasons 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



  • Sarah Palin - The Last Black President. Hip Hop and the Law, Carolina Academic Press (August 2015)

  • Jackals, Tall Ships, and the Endless Forest of Lies: Foreword to Symposium on the Voting Rights Act in the Wake of Shelby County v. Holder, Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy and Touro Journal of Race, Gender & Ethnicity (April 2015)

  • When the Stars Begin to Fall: Introduction to Symposium on Critical Race Theory, 1 Columbia Journal of Race and Law 226 (2012)

  • Critical Race Theory: Temporal Power, Symposium on Critical Race Theory, 1 Columbia Journal of Race and Law 247 (2012)

  • Keith Aoki, 1955-2011 (Dedication), Symposium on Critical Race Theory, 1 Columbia Journal of Race and Law 247 (2012)

  • The Bitter Tears of Jesse Owens, 22 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 231 (2012)

  • Introduction to Taking Oz Seriously, A Symposium on Law & Literature, 20 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 1 (2010)

  • Conferring with the Flowers: History and Class Consciousness in L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz, A General Theory of Magic and Law, 20 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 67 (2010)

  • Shattered (Symposium: Defining Race)72 Albany Law Review 1053 (2009)

  • The Third Annual Jerome M. Culp Memorial Lecture: The Zombie Jamboree, Symposium: 12th Annual LatCrit Conference Critical Localities: Epistemic Communities, Rooted Cosmopolitans, New Hegemonies, and Knowledge Processes, (no. 1) Florida International University Law Review 175 (Fall 2008)

  • The Colorline as Capitalist Accumulation, 56 Buffalo Law Review 953 (2008)papers.cfm

  • Seasons in the Sun: Reflections on Race and the Race for the Democratic Party Presidential Nomination (Keynote Address at the 10th Annual MLK, Jr. Reflection and Commemoration) 1 (no.2) DePaul Journal for Social Justice 323 (2008)

  • Johnnie Cochran's Panther: An Essay on Time and Law, 33 Thurgood Marshall Law Review 51 (2007)johnniecochranspartner.pdf

  • Law as Trauma & Repetition, 31 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 613 (2007)

  • The Station in AFTER THE STORM: BLACK INTELLECTUALS EXPLORE THE MEANING OF HURRICANE KATRINA, pp. 147-159 (David Dante Trout ed.) (New Press, 2006)

  • McCleskey v Kemp, 481 U.S. 2779 (1987) in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES (Paul Finkelman ed.) (co-authored with Geiza Vargas-Vargas) (Routledge Press, 2006)

  • Accumulation, 11 Michigan Journal of Race & Law 51 (2005)papers.cfm

  • Perfecting Slavery, 36 (no.1) Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 221 (Fall 2004)papers.cfm

  • The Apogee of the Commodity (Symposium: Race as Proxy in Law and Society: Emerging Issues in Race and the Law), 53 (no.3) DePaul Law Review 1229 (Spring 2004) papers.cfm

  • The Dream of Interpretation (Symposium: Beyond Right and Reason: Pierre Schlag, the Critique of Normativity, and the Enchantment of Reason) 57 (no.3) University of Miami Law Review 685 (April 2003)papers.cfm

  • Behind the Wall of Sleep, 15 Law & Literature 421 (2003)behindthewallofsleep.pdf

  • Amusing Monsters (Symposium: Voters and Voices: Reevaluation in the Aftermath of the 2000 Presidential Election), 23 (no.4) Cardozo Law Review 1493 (March 2002)papers.cfm

  • Cassiopeia (Symposium: To Do Feminist Legal Theory), 9 Cardozo Women's Law Journal 423 (2003)papers.cfm

  • The Poetics of Colorlined Space in CROSSROADS, DIRECTIONS AND A NEW CRITICAL RACE THEORY, pp.97-158 (Francisco Valdes et al eds.) (Temple University Press, 2002)thepoeticsofcolorlinedspace.pdf

  • Lacan & Voting Rights (Symposium: Cultural Studies & the Law: Beyond Legal Realism?) 13 Yale Journal of Law and Humanities 283 (2001), Reprinted in CULTURAL ANALYSIS, CULTURAL AND THE LAW: MOVING BEYOND LEGAL REALISM (Austin Sarat & Jonathan Simon eds.) (Duke University Press, 2003)papers.cfm

  • Lilies of the Field: A Critique of Adjudication (Critical Legal Studies {Debut de Siecle} (Symposium: On Duncan Kennedy's a Critique of Adjudication) 22 Cardozo Law Review, 1013 (2001)papers.cfm

  • No Exit? 9 Boston College School Magazine 4 (Fall 2000) Reprinted in 2001 SALT Equalizer, Issue 3 (October 2001)noexit.pdf

  • Remarks on the Third World and International Law: Voices from the Margins, 94 American Society of International Law Proceedings, 51 (2000)remarksonthethirdworldandinternationallaw.pdf

  • Sadomasochism and the Colorline: Reflections on the Million Man March in BLACK MEN ON RACE, GENDER and SEXUALITY: A CRITICAL READER, pp. 68-84 (Devon Carbado ed.) (New York University Press, 1999)sadomasochismandthecolorline.pdf

  • Faith, Hope and Charity 24 (no. 2) Boston Review (April/May 1999) Reprinted in URGENT TIMES: POLICING AND RIGHTS IN INNER-CITY COMMUNITIES, pp. 89-92 (Joshua Cohen & Rogers, eds.) (Beacon Press, 1999) faithhopeandcharity.pdf

  • Remarks during Symposium: Is There a Constitutional Right to Vote and Be Represented? The Case of the District of Columbia, hosted by the American University Law Review and the Program on Law and Government of the Washington College of Law, 48 American University Law Review 674-679, 700-704 (1999)papers.cfm

  • Thirteen Stories (Symposium: The Salience of Race: Race in America), 15 Touro Law Review 543 (1999)thirteenstories.pdf

  • All Flesh Shall See it Together (Symposium: Difference, Solidarity and Law: Building Latina/o Communities Through LatCrit Theory), 19 Chicano-Latino Law Review 163 (1998) papers.cfm

  • The Black Body as Fetish Object (Symposium: Citizenship and its Discontents: Centering the Immigrant in the Inter/National Imagination), 76 Oregon Law Review 457 (1997)papers.cfm

Forthcoming Publications

  • "Critical Race Theory Now," FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2014)

  • "Race & the Unreality of Time," RACE, LAW, AND THE POSTCOLONIAL (Mark Harris & Denise Ferreira da Silva eds., Routledge: 2014)

  • "Sarah Palin, The Last Black President," HIP-HOP AND THE CONSTITUTION: KEY WRITINGS THAT FORMED THE MOVEMENT (Dre Cummings, Donald Tibbs and Pamela Bridgewater eds., North Carolina Academic Press: 2014)

  • "On Haunting," LAW & INEQUALITY (forthcoming 2014)

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, participated in "A Conversation on Racial Profiling and Human Rights" at Howard University School of Law on April 3, 2014. He also conducted a workshop on colonialism at Yale Law School on April 5.
  • Professor Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, participated in a panel on "The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Examining its Past and Contemporary Effects" at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New York City.

  • Professor Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, gave a talk on "The Unreality of Time: Memory, Punishment and Transcendence in the African American Experience" at York University in Toronto on Nov. 22, 2013.

  • Professor Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, recently joined Vice President Walter Mondale and others at the University of Minnesota to talk about Gideon v. Wainwright and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at "Civil Rights and Civil Justice: 50 Years Later," a symposium sponsored by the Journal of Law & Inequality.
  • Professor Anthony Paul Farley, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, presented his paper "Epistemology and the International Infliction of Emotional Distress" at the Florida International University College of Law in Miami on Oct. 1, 2013. The next day he presented his paper "Critical Race Theory Now" at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando.

    He also participated in "The Color of Childhood: A Roundtable Conversation" at the LatCrit 2013 Biennial Conference, held in Chicago from Oct. 4-6, 2013.

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