Professor Richard Farrell ’64 was recognized by the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for his contribution to the field of criminal law education. He received the award at the Criminal Justice Section’s annual meeting in May 2012.
Farrell is a leading authority on the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules and the author of the latest edition of the preeminent New York evidence treatise Prince, Richardson on Evidence. The centennial edition of Prince is expected to be released by the end of the year.
“Richard Farrell’s ‘Prince, Richardson on Evidence’ is an indispensable handbook for New York attorneys. The NYSBA recognizes his scholarship and dynamic teaching skills that have benefited thousands of law students,” said Marvin E. Schechter, chair of the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section.
“It is very gratifying to know that an organization like NYSBA feels that what I have done with my life is worth recognizing,” said Farrell.
A graduate of St. John’s University, and Brooklyn Law School, Farrell served as editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn Law Review After graduating in 1964, he joined the faculty at Brooklyn Law School. Shortly thereafter, he clerked for Judge John F. Scileppi of the New York State Court of Appeals and then returned to the Law School’s faculty, where he has been ever since. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and before the New York State Court of Appeals. “The more I interact with judges and lawyers, the more sense I can make of the problems they face to bring practical applications of the rules, evidence, and procedures to the classroom,” Farrell said. In 2005, he was named Distinguished Service Professor of Law when he was awarded the Wilbur A. Levin Medal by the Brooklyn Law School Board of Directors.
Farrell teaches courses on evidence and New York civil procedure and is a frequent lecturer across the state for judiciary bar association and trial lawyers programs.