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Adam Benforado is a professor, writer, and lawyer.

 

As a legal scholar, his principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably cognitive psychology—to law and legal theory. 

 

Conducting novel experiments and developing existing findings, Professor Benforado's research is dedicated to uncovering how our legal system may reflect unappreciated aspects of our cognitive frameworks and processes, and, as a consequence, how the law may fail to align with our purported values and fall short of meeting our needs.  

 

He is particularly focused on criminal justice and the welfare of children.

 

As an undergraduate, Professor Benforado studied at Yale University and Oxford University.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and was a Frank Knox Fellow and Visiting Scholar with the Cambridge University Faculty of Law.  He clerked for Judge Judith Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Professor Benforado also worked at Jenner & Block, LLP in Washington, D.C., where he handled trial and appellate litigation matters.  He joined the Drexel University Kline School of Law as an assistant professor in 2008 and was granted tenure in 2013.  He was a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School in Spring 2013.

 

He has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, and his op-eds and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, American Scholar, and Boston Review.  

 

His first book, "Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice" (Crown), was a New York Times bestseller, a #1 Audible.com bestseller, and the recipient of a variety of awards and honors: 2017 American Psychology-Law Society Book Award, 2016 Science in Society Journalism Awards Honorable Mention, Green Bag Exemplary Legal Writing Honoree, 20th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards Finalist, and Media for a Just Society Awards Finalist.  It is being translated for editions in Taiwan, South Korea, and China.

 

An active media voice, Professor Benforado has been interviewed by Larry King, Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Scott Simon and been featured on Fresh Air.  He regularly speaks to academic audiences, legal practitioners, and the public about his research.


Professor Benforado is currently working on a new book, "The Rights of Children," which will also be published by Crown. The book will draw on psychological research into the unique capacities and vulnerabilities of children and teens in order to make the case for a children’s bill of rights that would revolutionize voting, health care, criminal justice and more.

 

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