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About Alan E Garfield

Alan E. Garfield is a distinguished professor 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 Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004 and 2019 and the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award in 2006 and 2015. Professor Garfield served as the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law from 2005 to 2007 and, in 2018, was named a distinguished professor.  Professor Garfield has been a visiting professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Bryn Mawr College and is currently 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, the Wilmington News Journal, PennLive, and NBC News THINK. From 2010 until 2019, Professor Garfield published a column on the Supreme Court in The News Journal.  The column, Bench Press, received the Delaware Press Association’s first place award for a personal-opinion column in seven different years, and received a first-place award in a national competition in both 2012 and 2019. Professor Garfield has been quoted by Fortune, Frontline, CBS News, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, New York Magazine, and Associated Press, and has been interviewed or appeared on WHYY, WDEL, WDDE, Make No Law Podcast, and CSPAN.

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 co-founded and is the current administrator for the Delaware Law School Patent Pro Bono Program, which pairs low-income inventors with volunteer attorneys who help the inventors file patent applications.

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.


Present Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School



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Widener University School of Law
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE 19803

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