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Associate Professor Hillary B. Farber teaches in the areas of criminal law & procedure, evidence, juvenile justice, and legal ethics, and her research focuses on criminal law and criminal procedure issues, with a particular focus on juveniles.
Professor Hillary B. Farber has published articles on topics such as juvenile interrogations, a parent-child testimonial privilege, and the impact of adolescent development on the Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights of children. Her 2010 article, Do You Swear to Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth against Your Child?, advances the importance and usefulness of a parent-child testimonial privilege. Her research has prompted a legislative initiative in Massachusetts to become only the fifth state to adopt a statutory parent-child evidentiary privilege.
Ms. Farber serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Board of Directors for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers' Guild. She is a founding member of the New England Innocence Project. Ms. Farber earned a B.A. in political science with high honors from the University of Michigan and received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Professor Farber’s latest article concerns the privacy interests of adult children who cohabitate with their parents. This article is titled, “A Parent’s ‘Apparent’ Authority: Why Inter-generational Co-residence Requires a Reassessment of Parental Consent to Search Adult Children’s Bedrooms” and will be in print this fall in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.