2020 Barbara Underwood


In 2020, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law dedicated its 77th Volume to Barbara Underwood, the first female Attorney General of New York and a relentless advocate for public interests. We are fortunate to dedicate this volume’s scholarship to Mrs. Underwood and to recognize such a dedicated and inspirational member of our national life. The following friends and colleagues of Barbara Underwood shared their reflections and paid tribute to her work:

Honorable Zachary Carter, Former Corporation Counsel for New York City; former US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

Elizabeth Holtzman, Former District Attorney of Kings County; former US Congresswoman; Counsel at Herrick, Feinstein in New York City

Pamela Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law; Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School

Janet Sabel, Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer of The Legal Aid Society; Former Chief Deputy Attorney General of New York

Seth Waxman, Former Solicitor General of the United States; Partner at WilmerHale