Leon Friedman

Leon Friedman is the Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law at Hofstra University, where he teaches constitutional law and copyright. He is also a practicing lawyer, specializing in the First Amendment. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of the Harvard Law School. He served as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. He has written or worked on briefs for the United States Supreme Court in many important cases dealing with the First Amendment, copyright, civil rights, employment discrimination, Criminal Procedure, and abuse of government power. He has represented a number of publishers, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Arcade Publishers, Chelsea House Publishers, as well as many authors including I. B. Singer, Susan Sontag, John McPhee, Stephen Spender, Hunter Thompson as well as the estates of Edith Wharton and T.S. Eliot. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Friedman is the co-author of a Broadway play, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald. He has published numerous books and articles on legal subjects, and written about 100 law reviews and newspaper and journal articles in such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and The American Scholar. He joined the PEN America Board in 2017.