Michael P. Madow ’82

April 8, 2012

Fall 2013

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Michael P. Madow ’82 was a professor at Brooklyn Law School, as well as a renowned authority on First Amendment law and mass media law. He passed away on April 8, 2012, at the age of 62.

Madow graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1971. He earned the school’s Rufus B. Kellogg University Fellowship, which afforded him the opportunity to study philosophy at Balliol College at Oxford University from 1972 to 1974. When he returned to the United States, Madow enrolled at Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in political science in 1978. He went on to study at Columbia Law School, graduating at the top of his class in 1982.

After serving as a clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Madow worked as a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. In 1985, he was named an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In 1987, Madow accepted a faculty appointment at Brooklyn Law School, where he would teach for the next 25 years. Madow wrote extensively on First Amendment law and mass media law. His 1993 California Law Review article “Private Ownership of Public Image: Popular Culture and Publicity Rights” is still cited by judges and practitioners.

Outside of the classroom, Madow served on the due process committee of the ACLU and as a member of the media law committee of the New York City Bar Association.   

Madow is survived by his wife, Dr. Karen Brudney, and his children, Benjamin and Hannah.

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