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Andrew L. Kaufman

Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law, Emeritus

Andrew L. Kaufman
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Professor Kaufman joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1965. Since then he has taught in the fields of the legal profession, judicial ethics, constitutional law, and commercial law. His biography of Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo was published by Harvard University Press in 1998. He has published, lectured and consulted on a variety of subjects in the legal profession field and is the co-author (with David Wilkins) of Problems in Professional Responsibility (5th ed. 2009).

He has been chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics since 1982. He has served on many committees appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In particular, he has been a member of that court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct since 1995. He also served for fourteen years on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and was a member of the committees that redrafted the Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules of Professional Conduct. In 2000, Professor Kaufman was awarded the American Bar Association’s Michael B. Franck Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Professional Responsibility.

Professor Kaufman is currently the Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law. He served as Associate Dean of Harvard Law School between 1986 and 1989 and as Vice Dean for Academics between 2005 and 2013.

Professor Kaufman is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty of Harvard Law School, he served as law clerk for Justice Felix Frankfurter of the Supreme Court of the United States for two years and also practiced law as a partner in the firm of Kaufman, Kaufman & Kaufman in Newark, New Jersey.


  • LL.B. Harvard Law School, 1954
  • A.B. History Harvard College, 1951

Academic Appointment and Employment History

  • Associate, Bilder, Bilder & Kaufman (1954 - 1955)
    Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • law clerk, Justice Felix Frankfurter (1955 - 1957)
    Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Partner, Kaufman, Kaufman & Kaufman (1957 - 1965)
    Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School (1965 - 1966)
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (1966 - 1980)
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (1980 - 2013)
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


  • Justice Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court of the United States, 1955 - 1957

Honors and Awards

  • Michael Franck Award from ABA (Awards)
    For contributions in the professional responsibility field, 2000
  • CARDOZO (Book Awards)
    Griswold Prize of the Supreme Court Historical Society, 1998
  • CARDOZO (Book Awards)
    Scribes Book Award, Am. Soc'y Writers on Legal Subjects, 1999
  • CARDOZO (Book Awards)
    Archives Award, N.Y. Board of Regents and N.Y. State Archives, 1999
  • CARDOZO (Book Awards)
    New York Times Notable Book, 1998
  • CAROZO (Book Awards)
    Choice, outstanding academic book, 1998

Representative Publications

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