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Barry P. McDonald, J.D.
Professor of Law

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  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1988, cum laude
  • B.B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, 1981

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Professor McDonald teaches courses in constitutional law, First Amendment law, comparative constitutional law and copyright law. He is a recognized expert on constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court, and frequently is interviewed or writes in such major media outlets as The CBS Evening News, Fox News, National Public Radio and The Los Angeles Times. He is also a recognized scholar in the area of constitutional law, and particularly First Amendment law. Since joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2000, he has published several articles on the law governing freedom of expression and religion in such prominent journals as the Emory Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal and Washington & Lee Law Review. His current projects include a new constitutional law textbook to be published by West Publishing Co.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of State, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and as general counsel to two different technology companies. He attended Northwestern University School of Law where he graduated with honors, and received the Order of the Coif, the Arlyn Miner Legal Writing Award, and served as an associate editor of the Northwestern Law Review. Upon graduation he clerked for the Honorable James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and then served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist during the 1989-90 Term of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is currently a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). Professor McDonald also served as the 2008 Chairperson of the Mass Communications Law Section of the AALS, and currently serves as a member of its Executive Committee.

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