He is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bradley Prize, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Northwestern, and Penn. He argued the medical marijuana case Gonzales v. Raich at the U.S. Supreme Court, and was a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business during their constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
Professor Barnett has published 11 books and over 100 articles and reviews. His books include, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and The Rule of Law, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People, and his latest book and 63-video series is called, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know, which was co-authored with Josh Blackman. Professor Barnett has appeared in numerous documentaries and portrayed a prosecutor in the sci-fi feature film Inalienable.