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 Lawrence M. Friedman

Lawrence M. Friedman

Professor of Law


(617) 422-7459

B.A. Connecticut College
J.D. Boston College Law School
LL.M. Harvard Law School

Professor Friedman teaches Constitutional Law, Information Privacy Law, National Security Law, and State Constitutional Law. Before joining the New England Law | Boston faculty in 2004, he was a visiting assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before teaching, he was an associate with Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, focusing on environmental, land use, Internet, and government enforcement litigation. He recently served on the Boston Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of the Profession and is a former member of the Boston Bar Council. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, a nonprofit organization that provides a diverse range of services aimed at helping children and adolescents to become contributing members of society, and he is the immediate past president of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, which has several ongoing projects related to educating homeless children, keeping kids in school, and reducing the incidence of juvenile delinquency. He served as a law clerk with the New Hampshire Superior Court and then as law clerk to the Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr., of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He has published numerous articles on constitutional law, the Massachusetts constitution, privacy law, and national security law.

Professor Friedman has a blog!

 Selected Publications

The Value of the Military Commissions Act as Nonjudicial Precedent in the Context of Litigation over National Security Policymaking, 53 S. Tex. L. Rev. 1 (2012) (with Victor Hansen)

Not Everyone Works for BigLaw: A Response to Neil J. Dilloff, 71 Md. L. Rev. Endnotes 41 (2012) (with Louis Schulze)
Social Science Research Network

The Massachusetts State Constitution (2011) with Lynnea Thody, available from Oxford University Press

Who Are We Fighting? Conceptions of the Enemy in the War on Terror, 37 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 11 (2011)
Social Science Research Network

The Once and Future Constitutional Law: On The Law of American State Constitutions, 73 Alb. L. Rev. 1671 (2011) (reviewing Robert F. Williams, The Law of American State Constitutions)

Path Dependence and the External Constraints on Independent State Constitutionalism, 115 Penn St. L. Rev. 783 (2011)

Law, Force and Resistance to Disorder in Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, 33 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 61 (2010)
Social Science Research Network

Emphasizing Privacy of the Home and Limiting Third Party Consent Under the State Constitution: Commonwealth v. Porter P., 93 Mass. L. Rev. 357 (2010) with Professor David Siegel
Social Science Research Network

Not the Usual Suspects: Suspect Classification Determinations and Same-Sex Marriage Prohibitions, 50 Washburn L.J. 61 (2010)

The Case for Congress: Separation of Powers and the War on Terror (2009) with Professor Victor Hansen, available from Ashgate Publishing

Liberty and Privacy Interests Through the Political Question Lens, 19 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 189 (2009)
Social Science Research Network

Response: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age, 79 Miss. L.J. MISSing Sources: Limited Edition 59 (2009)

Justice Martha B. Sosman and the Jurisprudence of Rights and Remedies, 42 New Eng. L. Rev. 397 (2008)

Reactive and Incompletely Theorized State Constitutional Decision-making, 77 Miss. L.J. 265 (2007)
Social Science Research Network

Reconsidering Rational Basis: Equal Protection Review Under the Wisconsin Constitution, 38 Rutgers L.J. 1071 (2007)

The Case Against Secret Evidence, 12 Roger Willliams U. L. Rev. 772 (2007) (with Victor M. Hansen)
Social Science Research Network

Domestic Electronic Surveillance and the Constitution, 24 John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law 177 (2006)
Social Science Research Network

Ordinary and Enhanced Rational Basis Review in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court: A Preliminary Investigation, 69 Alb. L. Rev. 415 (2006)

Reckoning with Dissonance: Thoughts on State Constitutional Law and Constitutional Discourse, 40 New Eng. L. Rev. 437 (2006)
Social Science Research Network

The Army and the Constitution: Time for Congress to Step In, in Jurist Forum (March2006) (with Victor M. Hansen)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

Congress Should Champion the Advice of Military Lawyers, in Jurist Forum (September2006) (with Victor M. Hansen)
Jurist Legal News and Research Service

Public Opinion and Strict Scrutiny Equal Protection Review: Higher Education Affirmative Action and the Future of the Equal Protection Framework, 24 B.C. Third World L.J. 267 (2004)
Social Science Research Network

The Constitutional Value of Dialogue and the New Judicial Federalism, 28 Hastings Const. L.Q. 93 (2000)

In Defense of Corporate Criminal Liability, 23 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 833 (2000)

Questions of Intent: Environmental Crimes and "Public Welfare" Offenses, 10 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 1 (1999) (with H. Hamilton Hackney III)

On Human Rights, the United States and the People's Republic of China at Century's End, 4 J. Int'l Stud. 241 (1998)

Professor Friedman can comment on the following subjects:

  • Affirmative Action in Higher Education
  • Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Equal Protection
  • Massachusetts Constitutional Law
  • Massachusetts Court System
  • National Security Law
  • New Hampshire Court System
  • Privacy
  • State Constitutional Law