Alan E. Garfield is a distinguished professor of law at Delaware Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, and his Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and the Order of the Coif (top 10%). Prior to joining the Delaware Law faculty, Professor Garfield worked for three years in the litigation department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City. He is licensed to practice in California and New York.
Professor Garfield has been honored for his scholarship and teaching. He received the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award in 2006 and 2015 and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004. He served as the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law from 2005 to 2007 and was appointed a distinguished professor in 2018. Professor Garfield has also been a visiting professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Bryn Mawr College and an adjunct professor at Drexel University School of Law.
Professor Garfield writes and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Copyright, and Contracts. His scholarship has appeared in numerous journals including the Columbia Law Review Sidebar, the Cornell Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review. He has also published op-eds in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wilmington News Journal, including, since October 2009, a monthly column in The News Journal on the Supreme Court. The column, Bench Press, received the Delaware Press Association’s first place award for a personal opinion column in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 and received the first place award for a personal opinion column in a national competition sponsored by The National Federation of Press Women in 2012.
Professor Garfield is the founder and coordinator of “The First State Celebrates Constitution Day,” a project run in collaboration with The News Journal editors since 2006. He also founded and is the current administrator for the Delaware Law School Patent Pro Bono Program.
Professor Garfield is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Mass Communication Law. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware ACLU since 2006 and was the Board President from 2015-2017.
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