Barry Scheck

About Barry Scheck

Who is it?: Lawyer
Birth Day: September 19, 1949
Birth Place: Queens, New York City, United States, United States
Birth Sign: Libra

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Barry Scheck was bornon September 19, 1949 in Queens, New York City, United States, United States, is Lawyer. Barry Charles Scheck is a well-known American lawyer who came into limelight while serving on O.J. Simpson's criminal defense team, helping win an acquittal in the highly publicized murder case. He is a co-founder and director of The Innocence Project as well as a professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Widely considered as one of the world’s finest criminal defense attorneys, Scheck has also served as the president of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in the past and has taught legal ethics, forensic science and trial practice to law students, attorneys and judges. One of the main qualities of Attorney Barry Scheck is that he never shies away from handling high-profile cases and tackles them honestly and wisely. While his association with the Simpson team tarnished his reputation to a certain extent, most of his career has been dedicated to the pursuit of valuable causes, including serving those who need it the most. Coming to the awards won by Scheck, he is a recipient of National Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also received New York State Bar Association gold medal. Besides these, Scheck holds several honorary degrees and has been named one of the 100 Best Lawyers in USA several times.
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💰 Net worth: $700,000

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Biography/Timeline

1967

Scheck was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Port Washington, New York. He graduated from the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York in 1967. He went on to receive a B.A. from Yale University in 1971 (majoring in Economics and American Studies) and a Master of City Planning (M.C.P.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of California, Berkeley in 1974.

1987

Scheck was the personal Lawyer for the Hedda Nussbaum case, in 1987. He both defended her and assisted in getting the charges against her dropped, while also assisting in ensuring Joel Steinberg's arrest and suing him in the civil case, Nussbaum vs. Steinberg. Scheck was part of the team that defended O. J. Simpson in his 1995 trial. He was associated with the clearing in 1999 of Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson who had spent 11 years in prison of wrongful murder convictions. He was lead Lawyer who defended British au pair Louise Woodward in her 1997 murder trial.

1992

Scheck co-founded the Innocence Project in 1992 with Peter Neufeld, also his co-counsel on the O.J. Simpson defense team. The Project is dedicated to the utilization of DNA evidence as a means to exculpate individuals of crimes for which they were wrongfully convicted. To date, 343 wrongful convictions have been overturned by DNA testing thanks to the Project and other legal organizations. The Innocence Project does not use legal technicalities to challenge convictions; the Project accepts only cases in which newly discovered scientific evidence can potentially prove that a convicted person is factually innocent.

2004

Scheck is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he established the first Innocence Project. He is Director of Clinical Education for the Trial Advocacy Program and the Center for the Study of Law and Ethics, and a former staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York. From 2004–2005 he served as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1996 he received the Robert C. Heeney Award, the "NACDL's most prestigious award... given annually to the one Criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association, and the legal profession" They get thousands of letters from wrongly convicted inmates every year.

2007

More recently, he served as attorney of the wrongly accused Duke University lacrosse player Reade Seligmann to represent him in a civil lawsuit filed on October 5, 2007 against the city of Durham, North Carolina, and its former district attorney, Mike Nifong. He also was responsible for clearing John Restivo, Dennis Halstead, and John Kogut after 18 years in prison for the 1985 Lynbrook rape and murder of Theresa Fusco, when DNA evidence proved them innocent and implicated others.