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Monroe Henry Freedman

Monroe Henry Freedman, American lawyer, educator. Recipient Martin Luther King Junior Humanitarian award, 1987, The Lehman-LaGuardia award for Civic Achievement, 1996, Alumni Outstanding Professor award Hofstra Law School, 2006, David Diamond award, 2010.


  • Freedman, Monroe Henry was born on April 10, 1928 in Mount Vernon, New York, United States. Son of Chauncey and Dorothea (Kornblum) Freedman.

  • Education

    • AB cum laude, Harvard University, 1951. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1954. Master of Laws, Harvard University, 1956.


    • Associate Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, Philadelphia, 1956-1958. Partner Freedman & Temple, Washington, 1969-1973. Director Stern Community Law Firm, 1970-1971.

      Professor law George Washington University, 1958-1973. Dean Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, New York, 1973-1977, professor law, since 1973, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished professor legal ethics, 1989—2003. Drinko-Baker & Hostetler chair in law Cleveland State University, 1992.

      Chief Financial Officer Olive Tree Marketing International, 1998—2004. Visiting professor Georgetown University Law Center, since 2007. With Judges & Lawyers Conference, 2010.

      Faculty assistant Harvard University Law School, 1954-1956, instructor trial advocacy and legal ethics, since 1978. Lecturer on lawyers' ethics. Executive director United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 1980-1982, general counsel, 1982-1983, senior adviser to chairman, 1982-1987.

      Consultant United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1960-1964, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, 1970. Legislation consultant to Senator John L. McClellan, 1959. Special committee on courtroom conduct New York City Bar Association, 1972.

      Executive director Criminal Trial Institute, 1965-1966. Expert witness on legal ethics state and federal court proceedings, United States Senate and House Committees, United States Department Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Special investigator Rochester Institute of Technology, 1991.

      Reporter American Lawyer's Code of Conduct, 1979-1981. Member Arbitration panel United States District Court (eastern district) New York, since 1986. Inaugural Wickwire lecturer Dalhousie Law School, Nova Scotia, 1992.

      Lecturer South Carolina Bar Foundation, 1993, numerous professional confs. Advisory subgroup on ethics United States District Court (eastern district) New York, 1994-1996. Visiting professor law Georgetown University Law Center, since 2007.

      With United States Navy, 1946-1948.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Massachusetts 1954, Pennsylvania 1957, District of Columbia 1960, United States District Court (eastern district New York ), United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1960, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1968, New York 1978, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1982, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1986, United States Court Appeals (Federal circuit) 1987.


    • Author: Contracts, 1973, Lawyers' Ethics in an Adversary System, 1975 (American Bar Association gavel award, certified of merit 1976), Teacher's Manual Contracts, 1978, American Lawyer's Code of Conduct, 1981, Understanding Lawyers' Ethics, 1990, (with Abbe Smith)4th educated, 2010, (with Eric Freedman) Group Defamation and Freedom of Speech—The Relationship Between Language and Violence, 1995. Columnist Cases and Controversies, American Lawyer Media, 1990-1996, member panel academy contributors Black's Law Dictionary, 2002-2003. Television appearances include Donohue, Cable News Network Money Line, Columbia Broadcasting System 60 Minutes, Cable News Network Late Edition, Court television, Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, and others.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Judaism


    Pro bono consultant in death penalty and Guantanamo cases. Fellow American Bar Foundation (life). Member American Bar Association (ethics advisory to chair criminal justice section 1993-1995, ethics and professional responsibility committee 2005^, Michael Franck award 1998), American Civil Liberties Union (national board director 1970-1980, national advisory council since 1980, special litigation counsel 1971-1973), American Law Institute (consultative group on the law governing lawyers, 1990-1999, consultative group on Uniform Commercial Code art.

    2 1990-2002), Society of America Law Teachers (member governing board 1974-1979, executive committee 1976-1979, chairman committee on professional responsibility 1974-1979, 87-90), American Bar Association (vice chairman ethical considerations committee criminal justice section 1989-1990, ethics advisor to chairman criminal justice section, 1993-1996), New York State Bar Association (committee on legal education and admission to bar 1988-1992, criminal justice section committee on professional responsibility, 1990-1992, award for Dedication to Scholarship public service 1997, Sanford D. Levy award for scholarship on professional ethics 2005, award for education in criminal justice 2006), Association Bar City New York (committee on professional responsibility 1987-1990, committee on professional and judicial ethics 1991-1992), Federal Bar Association (chairman committee on professional disciplinary standards and procedures 1970-1971), American Society Writers on Legal Subjects (member committee on constitution and bylaws 1999-2000), American Jewish Congress (national governing council 1984-1986), American Arbitration Association (arbitrator, national panel arbitrators since 1964, certified service award 1986), National Network on Right to Counsel (executive board, executive committee 1986-1990), National Right to Counsel Committee, National Prison Project (steering committee 1970-1990), National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (vice chairman ethics advisory committee 1991-1993, co-chairman, 1994), American Board Criminal Lawyers (honorary).


    • Married Audrey Willock, September 24, 1950 (deceased 1998). Children: Alice Freedman Korngold, Sarah Freedman Izquierdo, Caleb (deceased 1998), Judah.
    • father: Chauncey Freedman
    • mother: Dorothea (Kornblum) Freedman
    • spouse: Audrey Willock
    • children: Alice Freedman Korngold Freedman
    • Sarah Freedman Izquierdo Freedman
    • Caleb Freedman (deceased 1998)
    • Judah Freedman
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