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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, Illinois Law Review, 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 serves on the Executive Committee of the Mass Communications Law Section of the AAS, and on the Litigation Advisory Committee for the national Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


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  • Barry P. McDonald, Speaker, The Landscape of Constitutional Law in Light of the 2012 Elections, Annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (Aug. 2013)
  • Barry P. McDonald, Panel Moderator, Do Theories of Constitutional Interpretation Matter?, Annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (Aug. 2013)
  • Barry P. McDonald & Douglas W. Kmiec, Putting Law over Politics on Supreme Court, POLITICO, July 10, 2012
  • Barry P. McDonald, Speaker, The First Amendment and Student Speech, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (October 2012)
  • Barry P. McDonald, Quoted in article: U.S. Supreme Court again rejects most decisions by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, LA Times, 2011
  • Barry P. McDonald, Guest on Southern California Public Radio's Air Talk: Half-hearted death threats are repugnant but not illegal in Obama case, 2011
  • Barry P. McDonald, Speaker re trends and important decisions of the last Term of the Court, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, Marco Island, FL, 2011
  • Barry P. McDonald, Moderator, Panel on Access to Justice and the Roberts Court, SEALS Conference, 2011

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