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About Alan E Garfield

Alan E. Garfield is a 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 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 both 2006 and 2015, and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the graduating class of 2004. He served as the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law from 2005 to 2007 and was a Distinguished Professor from 2011 to 2014. 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, the Washington University Law Review, and the Georgia Law Review. He has also published op-eds in the Philadelphia Inquirer and The 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, and 2015, and 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. Each year experts are asked to submit essays on a selected constitutional law theme. These essays are published in The News Journal on or around Constitution Day (September 17th) and are permanently housed on the Delaware Law School website.
Professor Garfield is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Mass Communication Law and is currently on the Section’s Executive Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware ACLU since 2006 and is currently the Board’s President.


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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