Barbara Moses

Former Visiting Clinical Professor

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • A.B., Dartmouth College
  • Contact:

  • Tel:  973-642-8700
  • Courses:

  • Civil Rights and Constitution Litigation Clinic

Barbara Moses

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Barbara Moses

Former Visiting Clinical Professor

Barbara Moses joined the Seton Hall faculty in 2011 to direct what is now called the Constitutional and Civil Litigation Clinic. Current and recent cases on her docket include: 

  1. A class action seeking adequate mental health and rehabilitation services for the hundreds of former sex offenders who remain behind bars, long after the completion of their criminal sentences, under New Jersey's civil commitment statute.
  2. A FOIA action against the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency, demanding that the government reveal the truth about its involvement in the 2009 coup that deposed the President of Honduras. 
  3. An action against the Newark Police Department on behalf of a teenage girl arrested and held for hours merely because she videotaped the police on a public bus. The case was settled after the department recognized civilians’ right to videotape the police and agreed to train its officers to respect that right;
  4. A case on behalf of a patient at a state-run psychiatric hospital who was assaulted and injured by two other patients after repeatedly warning the hospital staff of their threats to attack him. The state ultimately paid substantial damages to our client, who is now living in the community.

From 2009 through 2011 Professor Moses taught Lawyering at New York University School of Law. From 2007 through 2009 she served as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall, teaching Persuasion and Advocacy. 

Professor Moses brings substantial and sophisticated litigation experience to her academic career. From 2002 to 2011 she was a principal of the New York law firm Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello (where she remains counsel), handling complex business disputes in state and federal courts nationwide, in arbitration, and in administrative proceedings. Before that, she was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, both in San Francisco and in New York. Professor Moses has extensive experience in securities fraud and shareholder rights litigation, securities regulatory proceedings, class and derivative actions, partnership and contract disputes, and copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation. Her recent pro bono work includes a series of Second Circuit amicus briefs, in conjunction with the Brennan Center for Justice, in national security/civil liberties cases growing out of the “war on terror.” See Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S. Ct. 1138 (2013) (challenging use of standing doctrine to bar merits review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendments); Mohamed v. Jeppeson Dataplan, Inc., 614 F.3d 1070 (9th Cir. 2010) (en banc) (challenging use of “state secrets” doctrine to dismiss extraordinary rendition claims). Professor Moses also serves on the American Arbitration Association’s national panel of neutrals.

Professor Moses is the immediate past President of the New York County Lawyers' Association, where she was previously Chair of the Federal Courts Committee. She is also a delegate to the New York State Bar Association and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Professor Moses has been listed as a New York “Super Lawyer” every year since 2006. Professor Moses received an A.B. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She clerked for Chief Justice Vincent L. McKusick of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. 

In her spare time, Professor Moses enjoys hiking, science fiction and the flying trapeze.



They Were Shocked, Shocked: The "Discovery" of Analyst Conflicts on Wall Street, 70 Brooklyn L. Rev. 89 (2004)


Preventive Detention for Sex Offenders: A Slippery Slope, New Jersey Law Journal (June 6, 2013) (with Ronald Morgan and Jacqueline Shulman)

Report on the "Reaffirmation of American Independence Resolutions", New York County Lawyers' Association (March 14, 2005) (H. Res. 97 and S. Res. 92)

Litigation Stemming from Hiring Decisions: The Defense Perspective, New York Law Journal (October 28, 1999) (with David Sack)

Securities Litigation Reformed?, Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 29, No. 4 (February 1996)

Securities Litigation Reform, Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 28, No. 4 (February 1995) (with Rachael K. Jeck)

Contribution under Rule 10b-5, Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 26, No. 16 (September 1993) (with Ronit Setton)

Oral Misrepresentation Claims: Class Certification and Unique Defenses, Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 26, No. 7 (April 1993) (with Ronit Setton)