James J. Barney

Professor of Legal Studies, American Public University System
PhD Candidate in History, University of Memphis
Chapter Member: Alabama SSN
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Barney, a Professor of Legal Studies within the School of Security and Global Studies, teaches numerous undergraduate and graduate Legal Studies courses. He seeks to blur the line between online and brick-and-mortar learning by providing his online students with short in-person experiences. To achieve this goal, Barney serves as one of the Co-Advisors to Phi Alpha Delta (a law fraternity) and the Model UN Club at his school. Moreover, he acts as his school's prelaw advisor, where he keeps abreast of trends in legal education and admissions practices.

Barney is a lawyer admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Alabama, and the District of Columbia. Barney teaches classes in Constitutional, Tort, Criminal, Evidence, Sports, Employment, Civil Rights, and Business law. Barney graduated with a J.D from New York Law School. Before teaching, Barney served as a law clerk in the federal court system for more than a decade.

Barney's academic and research background reflects his varied interests.  Barney's research focuses on modern United States, European, and World History with particular emphasis on United States foreign policy, the political history of the United States and Europe as well as topics dealing with modern conservatism, gender, race, sexuality, and legal history in the United States and Europe. Barney, who possesses several M.A. degrees, has attended numerous legal and history conferences, served as a judge at several moot court and debate competitions, and has several research projects in progress. In particular, he is working on assessing the impact of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation on the United States Supreme Court and the politics of identity in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s.

In the News

"Austerity Measures Alone Won’t Solve New York’s Many Crises," James J. Barney, In Homeland Security, September 16, 2020.
Experiential Higher Education Still Has the Edge Over AI by James J. Barney to American Public University.
COVID-19 and Online Education: Perils and Opportunities by James J. Barney to American Public University.
"Taking Staten Island Secession Seriously This Time ," James J. Barney, Opinion, The New York Daily News, December 13, 2019.


"High Court rules: Leave Your Politics and Personal Beliefs Outside the Courthouse" Sexuality, Gender, and Policy 2, no. 1 (May 2019): 73-74.

Addresses the Supreme Court's decision with Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. ___ (2018) decision. Argues that the Supreme Court's case had more to do with procedural due process than the First Amendment or LGBTQ rights.

"The Mixed Message: The Supreme Court’s Missed Opportunity to Address the Confused State of Commercial Speech in Nike, Inc. v. Kasky?" University of West Los Angeles Law Review 37, no. 1 (2004).

Argues that the Supreme Court missed the opportunity to clarify the confused nature of commercial when it denied to hear the case of Nike, Inc. v. Kasky.

"Dancing Towards Disaster or the Race to Rationality: The Demise of the Learned Intermediary Standard and the Pharmacists' Duty to Warn" Gonzaga Law Review 39, no. 2 (2003).

Advocates for a reappraisal of the learned intermediary standard and explores the pharmacist's duty to warn.

"Missing the Mark: NASD Rule 2711 and NYSE Rule 472 Mistakenly Emphasize Disclosure Rather Than Amending the Pleading Requirements of PSLRA" New York Law School Law Review 48, no. 3 (2003).

Argues that the Supreme Court should reconsider its prior decisions that made it very difficult for plaintiffs to bring fraud claims under security law.