About Birdsong

Professor Birdsong teaches Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Evidence, Federal Jurisdiction, and Immigration Law at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. On April 1, 2009, he was promoted to the position of Associate Dean of Administration of the Law School.

Associate Dean and Professor Birdsong  received his Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School and his Bachelors degree at Howard University.

Immediately after law school, he was an attorney with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler. Later he served as a diplomat with the State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany, and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong also worked as a federal prosecutor, first as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and later as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands. After leaving government service, Professor Birdsong was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in trial work ranging from criminal defense work to political asylum matters.

While in private practice, Professor Birdsong was also involved with broadcast work. He has done on-air TV legal analysis work for Fox News, CNN, Court TV, BET TV News, and for W*USA Channel 9 in Washington, D.C. During this same period, he also produced and hosted several radio talk programs in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. Currently, Professor Birdsong is occasionally invited to appear as a legal commentator on Fox News and MSNBC.



  1. Dear Profesor Birdstrong,

    At the Puerto Rican Coalition against the Death Penalty, we are in the process of creating a Caribbean Abolitionist Network, with the purpose of uniting the organizations and activist in the Caribbean in the struggle against capital punishment. Please send me your email address in other to share with you the document that details our proposal.

    In Solidarity,
    Carmelo Campos Cruz
    Foreign Affairs Committee
    Puerto Rican Coalition against the Death Penalty

  2. Outsourcing, whether you agree with it or not, was inevitable in this global economy where job shifts – delegating to the lowest competent level – becomes a mode of survival in a high-cost legal system.

    However, that does not necessarily mean that paralegal jobs will go away. Most likely, the nature of the work for paralegals will upgrade to more sophisticated work. In other words, the work will now look differently.

  3. Professor Birdsong,

    It has been a privilege to have you as a lecturer during my bar exam preparation. Criminal law and procedure are now more interesting and clear than ever before.

    Your career and life experiences are inspirational to all, but especially to me as an African-American female and the first attorney in my family (once I pass the bar :-).

    I see that you were a diplomat too. Wow! I can’t wait to learn more about your experiences in law and government. I will be in touch as soon as the bar exam is over.


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