John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law
Widely recognized as one of the leading legal historians of his generation, Barry Cushman came to Notre Dame in 2012 following fifteen years on the faculty at the University of Virginia, where he was the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History. Cushman’s scholarship examines the relations among constitutional law, political economy, and social reform movements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His book, Rethinking the New Deal Court: The Structure of a Constitutional Revolution (Oxford University Press), was awarded the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society.
Cushman has taught in a wide variety of subject-matter areas, including Constitutional Law, Property, Trusts & Estates, Estate & Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, American Intellectual & Cultural History, and numerous courses and seminars in American Legal and Constitutional History. In 2003, he was honored with the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. At Notre Dame Cushman also holds appointments in the Department of History and the Department of Political Science.
Before entering teaching, Cushman practiced as an estate planning and probate attorney with the Los Angeles firm of Riordan & McKinzie. He has held research fellowships at New York University School of Law and in the Politics Department at Princeton University, and has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Society for Legal History.
In 1998, the John P. Murphy Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, endowed faculty chairs in the Notre Dame Law School to attract and retain scholars of the highest distinction who would make contributions to the Law School’s mission of educating students about the moral and ethical dimensions of the law. The foundation was established by the late John P. Murphy, a 1912 graduate of the University, which presented him with an honorary doctor of law degree in 1952.