Barry P. McDonald, professor of law, published an op-ed on the topic of counseling terrorists in the Daily Journal on July 2. He also shared expertise with Fox News regarding the state of Arizona's immigration law on July 2. His comments were featured in a national segment on television and on FoxNews.com.
The Daily Journal article discussed the Supreme Court’s recent decision barring humanitarian lawyers from counseling terrorist groups on legal means of resolving their conflicts. McDonald spoke to the role of the Court in balancing national security concerns against free speech liberties.
In the Fox News segment, McDonald discussed the difficulty for Arizona to defend any part of the law that deviates from federal law.
"I think the problem for the state of Arizona is that federal law gives the immigration enforcement agencies in the federal government substantial discretion in deciding what laws to enforce and how to enforce them," he said.
McDonald, who has taught at Pepperdine since 2000, is a recognized scholar in the area of First Amendment law. He has published several articles and essays 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. He teaches courses in constitutional law, First Amendment law, and intellectual property law.