Jenner & Block

 
  • New York University School of Law.  Immediately before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Barkow was the Executive Director of New York University School of Law’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law (CACL).  Mr. Barkow established the nonprofit, apolitical advocacy organization in 2008. It is dedicated to promoting good government practices in the criminal justice system and particularly focuses on the exercise of prosecutorial power and discretion.  It is the first and only organization of its kind in the country.

    In his capacity as CACL Director, Mr. Barkow filed more than 25 amicus briefs in courts around the country, including more than 20 amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.  In December 2011, Mr. Barkow argued as amicus curiae in an extremely rare en banc proceeding before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in United States v. Gupta, which addressed whether closure of a courtroom during jury selection violated the Sixth Amendment. He also testified before Congress regarding legislation relating to corporate monitors and submitted testimony, by invitation, to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Judiciary Committee regarding juvenile life without parole sentences.  In 2008, Mr. Barkow served as a human rights observer of the military commission hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Mr. Barkow has also served as an adjunct clinical professor of law at New York University School of Law.
  • United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Barkow was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, serving in the Securities Unit and the Terrorism and Organized Crime Unit, among others.  During that time, Mr. Barkow prosecuted the high-profile case of United States v. Stewart, et al., involving several defendants who were convicted after a 9-month trial on all charges, including conspiracy to kill Americans abroad, providing material support to a conspiracy to kill, and violating government restrictions on communications and other contacts with Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a high-security federal prisoner.  Mr. Barkow delivered the government’s rebuttal summation over two days at the conclusion of the trial.
  • United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  From 1998 through 2002, Mr. Barkow was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  He prosecuted homicide, international narcotics trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and drug and gun street crimes.
  • United States Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program.  Mr. Barkow began his legal career in 1996 as a trial attorney in the Attorney General’s Honors Program in the Office of Consumer Litigation, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, litigating white collar criminal and civil cases under various federal consumer protection statutes.
  • Pro Bono.  Mr. Barkow maintains an active pro bono practice at the firm. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, representing indigent defendants in criminal cases, and has handled CJA cases in the Eastern District of New York as well.  He has filed amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for clients including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.