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Barbara Fried

Barbara Fried is an American law professor based in Stanford, California. She is the mother of Sam Bankman-Fried and Gabe Bankman-Fried, and wife of Joseph Bankman.

She is on faculty at the Stanford Law School.1)



Fried received numerous degrees from Harvard University between 1977 and 1983.


Fried started her career as a clerk to Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She then worked for the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City from 1984-1987.2) She joined Stanford Law School in 1987.

Effective Altruism

In a 2013 interview, Fried discussed a number of topics directly related to effective altruism, particularly the subject of utilitarianism.3) In 2015, Fried wrote a review of Peter Singer's book titled The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically.4)

Fried also served for a time on the board of directors for the school’s McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.5)

Mind the Gap

In mid-2018, Fried co-founded a Democratic Super PAC called Mind the Gap in order to win back the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm election.6) 7)

Further reading


Barbara Fried. Stanford Law School. Retrieved December 21, 2022, from
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Driscoll, S. (2013, November 11). On Trolley Cars, Blame, and Other Diversions. Stanford Law School.
Fried, B. H. (2014, August 20). Emotional Empathy Is Not the Culprit. Boston Review.
Fried, B. H. (2015). Not-So-Ordinary Altruism. Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Schleifer, T. (2020, January 6). Inside the secretive Silicon Valley group that has funneled over $20 million to Democrats. Vox.
Fried, B., Brest, P., & Gottlieb, G. (2019). Overview of Mind the Gap. Capital Research Center. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from
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