Marsha B. Freeman
Professor of Law
J.D., Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
M.S.L.S., Long Island University
B.A., Queens College, City University of New York
Professor Freeman was a practitioner and law librarian before turning to the teaching of law. Prior to coming to Barry University School of Law, Professor Freeman taught at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in New York and at Stetson University College of Law in Florida.
A native New Yorker, Professor Freeman received her bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York, a Master’s in Library Science from Long Island University, and her J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where she served on the Transnational Law Journal and was Editor-in-Chief of her law school Moot Court Board.
Professor Freeman is a member of the Family Law Education Reform Committee (FLER), comprised of selected family law professors from throughout the nation, and was a signatory to their national report on law school teaching. She served on the Florida Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Children and Families from 2004-2006, and is a former Board member of the Florida chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She was a founding member of the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court, and served on the Executive Board of the Orange County Bar Association Family Law Committee and the Family Law Advisory Group (FLAG) for the 9th Judicial Circuit, Florida.
Professor Freeman writes in the areas of children's advocacy and family law, focusing primarily on constitutional issues affecting children and families. She is a proponent of Collaborative family law and the use of Therapeutic Jurisprudence in family law disputes. Professor Freeman has served as a presenter and faculty member at a number of conferences and workshops on child and family law, including international symposia on Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Jacksonville, Florida and at NYU School of Law in New York. Recent publications include: Liberal, Conservative and Political: The Supreme Court’s Impact on the American Family In the Uber-Partisan Era, __ J. Gender, Race and Justice, UIOWA School of Law ___ (2015); What’s Religion Got To Do With It? Virtually Nothing: Hosanna-Tabor and the Unbridled Power of the Ministerial Exemption. 16 U. Pa. J. L. & Soc. Change 133 (2013); From Compassionate Conservatism to Calculated Indifference: Politics Takes Aim at America’s Families. 13 Loyola J. Pub. Int. Law 115 (2011); Their Love is Here to Stay: Why the Supreme Court Cannot Turn Back the Hands of Time. 17 Cardozo J. Law & Gender 1 (2010) (Lead Article);Love Means Always Having to Say You’re Sorry: Applying the Realities of Therapeutic Jurisprudence to Family Law, 17 UCLA Women’s Law J. 215 (2008); and Making Divorce Work: Teaching a Mental Health/Legal Paradigm to a Multidisciplinary Student Body, 6 Barry L. Rev. 1, (2006) (with Judge James Hauser) (Lead Article, solicited).
Professor Freeman is admitted to the Bars of New York, Florida and the Eastern District of New York. She practiced in the areas of Family Law and General Appeals and teaches Family Law, Property, Administrative Law and Professional Responsibility. Among her other courses, Professor Freeman created and taught one of the only courses in the country focusing on collaborative and cooperative family law, and helped create and oversees the Collaborative Family Law Clinic at Barry University School of Law.
Professor Freeman’s most recent publications and working papers may be found on the Social Science Research Network.