Anthony S. Barkow is Executive Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU School of Law. He was a federal prosecutor for 12 years. From 2002 through 2008, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted some of the most significant terrorism and white collar criminal cases in the country, including United States v. Stewart, et al., 590 F.3d 93 (2nd Cir. Dec. 23, 2009). In 2005, he was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, which is the highest award bestowed in the United States Department of Justice. From 1998 through 2002, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted local and federal cases involving homicides and other serious violent crimes, domestic violence assaults and sexual abuse, international narcotics trafficking, and drug and gun street crimes. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Trial Attorney in the Attorney General’s Honors Program in the Office of Consumer Litigation in the United States Department of Justice, where he prosecuted white collar criminal and civil cases under various federal consumer protection statutes. During his tenure in the government, Mr. Barkow tried over 40 cases and briefed and argued over 10 cases on appeal. He previously served as Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He is a frequent writer and commentator on criminal law issues, especially issues involving prosecutors, and has appeared on various news channels and has been quoted in various print media sources. In 2009, he testified before the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law regarding proposed legislation that would prohibit former federal prosecutors from serving as or for corporate monitors in matters that they investigated or prosecuted when in government service. In 2008, he was a human rights observer of the military commission hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Michigan (A.B. 1991), and teaching history at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, New York, he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School (J.D. 1995), where he was Notes Office Co-Chair and Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa, then the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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