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Clifford Fishman

Clifford S. Fishman, J.D.

Professor of Law

Phone: 202-319-5026

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• Criminal Law
• Search and Seizure
• Confessions
• Lineups
• Evidence at Trial
• Sixth Amendment
• Electronic Surveillance
• Privacy in the Workplace
• Auto Searches
• Rape law
• Origins of Contemporary Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and Evidence in the Torah

School: Columbus School of Law

Media Appearances

  • September 27, 2014

    San Francisco Chronicle

    Fishman was interviewed on privacy and cameras when it comes to renting services.

  • September 6, 2014

    Washington Post

    Fishman was quoted in a major investigative series by the Washington Post of the Equitable Sharing Program, a federal law that permits the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from motorists and others not charged with crimes.

  • April 1, 2014

    ABA Journal

    Low-tech high court to weigh police search of smartphones


A leading legal expert on search, seizure, surveillance, and privacy

Fishman was a prosecutor in New York City from 1969-1977 and has given the following presentations to professional and non-professional groups:

Search, Seizure and Technology (Searching autos and containers; Search and Seizure in the Public Schools or on College Campuses)

“Street Law” (Search and seizure, police questioning for high school students)

Evidence of a Rape Complainant’s Prior Sexual Conduct (Whether evidence of the complainant’s prior sexual conduct or prior sexual assaults should be admitted)

Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement

Old Testament Justice: the Origins of Modern Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence law in the Torah

Miranda: Rights, Wrongs and Unanswered Questions

Recordings, Transcriptions and Translations as Evidence

Defense Counsel Access to a Prosecution Witness’s Psychotherapy or Counseling records

The Impending Death of Privacy (versions for lay and professional audiences)

Jews of the American Revolution

The life of Jacob the Patriarch

Joseph and Judah: Why Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers

God’s Names in the Torah

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Katie Lee
Director of Communications
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Mary McCarthy Hines
Media Relations Specialist

Tom Haederle
Public Affairs Director
Columbus School of Law
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