University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
University of Minnesota, J.D.
Harvard University, Ph.D.
Professor Barry C. Feld 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.
Teacher's Manual to Accompany Cases and Materials on Juvenile Justice Administration (West Publishing, 1st ed., 2000; 2d ed., 2004; 3d ed., 2009)
Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court (Oxford University Press, 1999) (recipient of the 2001 Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the 2002 Michael J. Hindelang Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology), reprinted in part in Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology (Thomas J. Hickey, ed., McGraw-Hill, 9th ed., 2010) and in Principled Sentencing: Readings on Theory and Policy (Andrew von Hirsch, Andrew Ashworth & Julian Roberts, eds., Hart Publishing, 3d ed., 2009)
"The Worst of Both Worlds": Adolescent Competence and the Quality of Justice in Juvenile Courts as a Prescription for Wrongful Convictions, in Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward (Allison D. Redlich, James R. Acker, Robert J. Norris & Catherine L. Bonventure, eds., Carolina Academic Press, 2014)
Cops and Kids in the Interrogation Room, in Investigative Interviewing (Ray Bull, ed., Springer, 2014)
Juveniles' Competence and Procedural Rights in Juvenile Court, in Juvenile Justice Sourcebook (Wesley T. Church II, David W. Springer & Albert R. Roberts, eds., Oxford University Press, 2d ed., 2014)
Adolescent Competence and Culpability: Implications of Neuroscience for Juvenile Justice Administration, in A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience: A Contribution of the Law and Neuroscience Project, Supported by the MacArthur Foundation (Stephen J. Morse & Adina L. Roskies, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013) (with B.J. Casey & Yasmin L. Hurd)
Procedural Rights in Juvenile Courts: Competence and Consequences, in The Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice (Barry C. Feld & Donna M. Bishop, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012)
Transfer of Juveniles to Criminal Court, in The Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice (Barry C. Feld & Donna M. Bishop, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012) (with Donna M. Bishop)
Trends in Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice, in The Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice (Barry C. Feld & Donna M. Bishop, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012) (with Donna M. Bishop)
Young Offenders and an Effective Justice System Response: What Happens, What Should Happen, and What We Need to Know, in From Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime: Criminal Careers, Justice Policy, and Prevention (Rolf Loeber & David P. Farrington, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012) (with James C. Howell & Daniel P. Mears)
The Juvenile Court: Competing Images of Adolescents' Competence and Culpability, in The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice (Michael Tonry, ed., Oxford University Press, 2011) (with Donna M. Bishop)
In Defense of Waiver and Youthfulness as a Mitigating Factor in Sentencing, in Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy: Policy Proposals from the American Society of Criminology Conference (Natasha A. Frost, Joshua D. Freilich & Todd R. Clear, eds., Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2010.
Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, in The Delinquent Girl 225 (Margaret A. Zahn, ed., Temple University Press, 2009)
The Inherent Tension of Social Welfare and Criminal Social Control: Policy Lessons From the American Juvenile Court Experience, in Juvenile Law Violators, Human Rights, and the Development of New Juvenile Justice Systems (Eric Jensen & Jørgen Jepsen, eds., Hart Publishing, 2006)
Race and the Changing Jurisprudence of Juvenile Justice: A Tale in Two Parts, 1950-2000, in Our Children, Their Children: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Differences in American Juvenile Justice (Darnell Hawkins & Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, eds., University of Chicago Press, 2005)
Juveniles' Waiver of Legal Rights: Confessions, Miranda, and the Right to Counsel, in Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice (Thomas Grisso & Robert Schwartz, eds., University of Chicago Press, 2000)
Legislative Exclusion of Offenses from Juvenile Court Jurisdiction: A History and Critique, in The Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice: Transfer of Adolescents to the Criminal Court 83 (Jeffrey Fagan & Franklin Zimring, eds., University of Chicago Press, 2000)
The Juvenile Court, in Handbook of Justice Research in Law (Joseph Sanders & V. Lee Hamilton, eds., Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, 2000)
Rehabilitation, Retribution, and Restorative Justice: Alternative Conceptions of the Juvenile Court, in Restorative Juvenile Justice: Repairing the Harm of Youth Crime (Lode Walgrave & Gordon Bazemore, eds., Criminal Justice Press, 1999)
The Juvenile Court, in The Handbook of Crime & Punishment (Michael Tonry, ed., Oxford University Press, 1998)
The Social Context of Juvenile Justice Administration: Racial Disparities in an Urban Juvenile Court, in Minorities in Juvenile Justice (Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Carl Pope & William Feyerherm, eds., Sage Publications, 1995)
Criminalizing the Juvenile Court: A Juvenile Justice Research Agenda for the 1990's, in Juvenile Justice and Public Policy: Toward a National Agenda (Ira Schwartz, ed., Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992)
Adolescentenstrafrecht. Gaat het wat worden?, 2014/10 Sancties 68 (Apr. 2014) (published in Dutch) (with Peter van der Laan)
Adolescent Criminal Responsibility, Proportionality, and Sentencing Policy: Roper, Graham, Miller/Jackson, and the Youth Discount, 31 Law and Inequality 263 (2013)
The Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court: Law Reform to Deliver Legal Services and Reduce Justice by Geography, 9 Criminology & Public Policy 327 (2010) (with Shelly Schaefer)
The Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court: The Conundrum of Attorneys as an Aggravating Factor at Disposition, 27 Justice Quarterly 713 (2010) (with Shelly Schaefer)
Violent Girls or Relabeled Status Offenders? An Alternative Interpretation of the Data, 55 Crime & Delinquency 241 (2009)
A Slower Form of Death: Implications of Roper v. Simmons for Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole, 22 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 9 (2008) (lead article, Symposium on Youth and Law)
The End of the Line: An Empirical Study of Judicial Waiver, 86 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 449 (1996), reprinted in Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration (Barry Feld, ed., Oxford University Press, 1999) (with Marcy Rasmussen Podkopacz)
Criminalizing the American Juvenile Court, 17 Crime & Justice: A Review of Research 197 (1993), reprinted in Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration (Barry Feld, ed., Oxford University Press, 1999)
Juvenile (In) Justice and the Criminal Court Alternative, 39 Crime & Delinquency 403 (1993), reprinted in The Juvenile Court: Dynamic, Dysfunctional, or Dead? (Center for the Study of Youth Policy, 1993), in Juvenile Delinquency: A Justice Perspective (Ralph Weisheit & Robert Culbertson, eds., Waveland, 4th ed., 2000), in Criminal Courts for the 21st Century (Lisa Stolzenberg & Stewart D'Alessio, eds., Prentice Hall, 1st ed., 1999; 2d ed., 2002), and in Essential Readings in Juvenile Justice (David Parry, ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005)
Justice by Geography: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Variations in Juvenile Justice Administration, 82 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 156 (1991), reprinted in Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration (Barry Feld, ed., Oxford University Press, 1999) and in Essential Readings in Juvenile Justice (David Parry, ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005)
The Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court: An Empirical Study of When Lawyers Appear and the Difference They Make, 79 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 1185 (1989), reprinted in Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration (Barry Feld, ed., Oxford University Press, 1999)
In re: Gault Revisited: A Cross-State Comparison of the Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court, 34 Crime & Delinquency 393 (1988), reprinted in Exploring Delinquency: Causes and Control (Dean Rojek & Gary Jensen, eds., Roxbury Publishing Company, 1995) and in Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration (Barry Feld, ed., Oxford University Press, 1999)
The Juvenile Court Meets the Principle of Offense: Punishment, Treatment, and the Difference It Makes, 68 Boston University Law Review 821 (1988), reprinted in Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration (Barry Feld, ed., Oxford University Press, 1999)
Criminalizing Juvenile Justice: Rules of Procedure for the Juvenile Court, 69 Minnesota Law Review 141 (1984), reprinted in Criminal Justice Policy Making: Federal Roles and Processes (Barbara Ann Stolz, ed., Praeger, 2002)
A Comparative Analysis of Organizational Structure and Inmate Subcultures in Institutions for Juvenile Offenders, 27 Crime & Delinquency 336 (1981), reprinted in The Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency (Ronald J. Berger, ed., Nelson-Hall Publishers, 1991) and in Readings in Juvenile Justice Administration (Barry Feld, ed., Oxford University Press, 1999)
Juvenile Court Legislative Reform and the Serious Young Offender: Dismantling the "Rehabilitative Ideal", 65 Minnesota Law Review 167 (1981)
Violence by Teenage Girls: Trends and Context (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2008), edited, excerpted and augmented version published in Gangs: Violence, Crime and Antigang Initiatives (Jay T. Soordhas, ed., Nova Science Publishers, 2009) (with Margaret Zahn & others)
The Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court:
Fulfilling Gault's Promise (Center for the Study of Youth Policy, University of Michigan, School of Social Work; Center for the Study of Youth Policy, Florida Atlantic University, 1989)
Book Review, 23 Contemporary Sociology 710 (1994) (reviewing Barry Krisberg & James S. Austin, Reinventing Juvenile Justice (Sage Publications, 1993))
Book Review, 26 Sociology 91 (1988) (reviewing Victor L. Streib, Death Penalty for Juveniles (Indiana University Press, 1987))
Entries in Reference Works
Juvenile Justice, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David Tannehaus, editor in chief, MacMillan Reference USA, 2008)
Juveniles in the Adult System, in Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice (Joshua Dressler, editor in chief, Macmillan Reference USA, 2d ed., 2002)
The Juvenile Court: History and Philosophy, in Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice (Joshua Dressler, editor in chief, Macmillan Reference USA, 2d ed., 2002)
Abolish the Juvenile Court: Affirming Personal Responsibility, 2 Juvenile Justice Update 1 (1996)
Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice Policy, Minnesota Law Alumni News 16 (1996)
Violent Youth and Public Policy: Minnesota Juvenile Justice Task Force and 1994 Legislative Reform, 64 Hennepin Lawyer 20 (1994)
The Legal Responses to the "Hard-core" Juvenile--The Offender or the Offense?, in The Serious Juvenile Offender: Proceedings of a National Symposium Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 19 and 20, 1977 (National Office of Social Responsibility, ed., Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1978)