Barry Scheck

New York, NY

Barry Scheck is a Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City where he has served for more than twenty-six years. Currently, he sits as Emeritus Director of Clinical Education and co-director of the Trial Advocacy Programs and the Jacob Burns Center for the Study of Law and Ethics.

Scheck received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1971 and his Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. He worked for three years as a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York City before joining the faculty at Cardozo.

In 1992, Scheck and Peter Neufeld established the Innocence Project, a clinical program at Cardozo Law School. The Innocence Project has either represented or assisted in the representation of more than half of the men who were exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing and freed from lengthy prison sentences or the death penalty itself. To date, 143 individuals have been exonerated in the United States through post-conviction DNA testing since 1989.

Scheck is recognized for his representation of well known defendants such as Hedda Nussbaum, Louise Woodward and O.J. Simpson. Additionally, Scheck is known for representation of Abner Louima, Danny Reyes, Jarmaine Grant and Thomas Pizzuto in cases based on claims of racial profiling, wrongful death and wrongful conviction. To learn more, see