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Professor Farley Elected to American Law Institute; Scholarship Inspires Theater Production

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Professor Anthony Paul Farley, the James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Albany Law School, has been named a member of the influential American Law Institute.

The institute announced its newly elected class — comprising 60 highly regarded judges, lawyers, and law professors — on January 9. Drawing from their areas of expertise, ALI's members work to modernize, improve, and influence development of the law, and collaborate with distinguished colleagues to contribute to the public good.

"I have the great luck of welcoming each class of new members," American Law Institute president Roberta Cooper Ramo said in a statement. "Each group of lawyers, accomplished in their own fields and professions, brings new experience and new perspectives to our work of clarifying the law."

Professor Farley's work was recently cited in the New York Times as inspiration to artist M. Lamar, whose show "Destruction" has hit stages from the United Kingdom to New York City.

The American Law Institute — whose work has affected courts, legislatures, and academia — has four members from Albany Law School: President & Dean Alicia Ouellette, Professor Ira Bloom, Professor Farley, and Professor Michael Hutter.

Professor Farley specializes in Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Legal Theory. His scholarship inspired "Destruction," a theater production by artist M. Lamar which has hit stages from the United Kingdom to New York City. Professor Farley was cited by M. Lamar in a recent profile in the New York Times. He also appeared in the short film "Slavery in Effect," a dialogue among scholars at Harvard University's conference entitled "The Scope of Slavery: Enduring Geographies of American Bondage."

Professor Farley 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. Before serving as a federal prosecutor, he 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 & Law, Law & 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.

Professor Farley 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.

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