Professor Barry C. Feld ’69 is a one of the nation's leading scholars of juvenile justice. He currently teaches criminal procedure, juvenile law, torts. In 1990, Professor Feld was named the Law School's first Centennial Professor of Law. He was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 1981-82.
Professor Feld received his B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was Note and Comment Editor of the Minnesota Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his Ph.D. degree in sociology from Harvard University, where he was a Russell Sage Foundation Fellow in Law and the Social Sciences. In 1972, he joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty. In 1974 and 1978, he served as Assistant Hennepin County Attorney in the Criminal and Juvenile Divisions.
In 1987, Professor Feld was a visiting scholar at the National Center for Juvenile Justice sponsored by the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He was a Reporter for the American Bar Association-Institute of Judicial Administration Juvenile Justice Standards Project. He has served as a member of the Minnesota Department of Corrections Special Committee on Serious Juvenile Offenders, on the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Task Force, the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Legal Representation of Juveniles, the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Task Force, as Co-Reporter for the Minnesota Supreme Court's Juvenile Court Rules Advisory Committee, and the American Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Due Process Advisory Board. Professor Feld is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.
In 2008, he received the American Bar Association's Livingston Hall Award which recognizes "lawyers practicing in the juvenile delinquency field who have demonstrated a high degree of skill, commitment, and professionalism in representing their young clients" (http://www.abanet.org/crimjust/juvjus/livingstonhall.html).
In addition to teaching several times at Uppsala University, Sweden, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Criminology, University of Melbourne, and the Netherlands Institute for Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Amsterdam, Netherlands.