Leonard E. Birdsong is a Professor of Law at Barry University School of
Law. He received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard
University. He specializes in Criminal Law and Immigration Law. After graduation
from law school he worked several years with the law fi rm of Baker Hostetler.
He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service.
He served as a diplomat with the State Department with various postings
in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong also served as an
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and later as a Special Assistant
U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands. After leaving government service,
Professor Birdsong was in private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing
in trial work ranging from criminal defense to political asylum matters. He has done on-air TV legal analysis
work for national networks such as Fox News, CNN, Court TV and BET TV News. Currently, Professor Birdsong
occasionally appears as a legal commentator on Fox Radio News and MSNBC.