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Faculty Scholarship & Impact

The Criminal Justice Program’s faculty is ranked among the best in the nation, including the top ten in scholarly impact, with both Christopher Slobogin and Nancy King ranked in the top twelve of all criminal law and procedure professors in the nation.

Criminal Law Faculty Scholarship

    • Owen Jones, “Parsing the Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Third-Party Punishment,” 36 Journal of Neuroscience 9420 (2016) (with M. Ginther, R. Bonnie, M. Hoffman, F. Shen, K. Simons and R. Marois)
    • Owen Jones, "From Blame to Punishment: Disrupting Prefrontal Cortex Activity Reveals Norm Enforcement Mechanisms," 87 Neuron 1 (2015) (with 6 others)
    • Nancy King, "Plea Bargaining’s Quiet Revolution: Managerial Judging and Judicial Plea Negotiations," Texas Law Review (forthcoming 2016)
    • Nancy King, Criminal Procedure (hornbook) (West 6th ed. 2016) (with 3 others)
    • Nancy King, Modern Criminal Procedure (West 14th ed. 2015)
    • Nancy King, "Jury Nullification," in Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford Univ. Press 2015)
    • Nancy King, Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text (rev. ed. 2015) (with 3 others)
    • Robert Mikos, "How to Make Preemption Less Palatable: State Poison Pill Legislation," 85 George Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2017)
    • Robert Mikos, "Marijuana Localism," 65 Case Western University Law Review 719 (2015)
    • Michael Newton, "How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms," 49 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 371 (2016)
    • Michael Newton, "Charging War Crimes: Policy and Prognosis," Chapter 28 in The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: A Critical Account of Challenges and Achievements (Carsten Stahn editor, Oxford University Press, 2015)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Policing as Administration," 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 91 (2016)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards: Revisions for the Twenty-First Century," 44 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 1 (2016)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "The Science of Gatekeeping: Using the Structure of Scientific Inference to Draw the Line Between Admissibility and Weight in Expert Testimony," 110 Northwestern University Law Review 859 (2016) (with David Faigman & John. Monahan)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Teaching a Course on Regulation of Police Investigation—A Multi-Perspective, Problem-Oriented Course," 60 St. Louis University Law Review 527 (2016) (symposium)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Plea Bargaining and the Substantive and Procedural Goals of Criminal Justice: From Retribution and Adversarialism to Preventive Justice and Hybrid-Inquisitorialism," 57 William & Mary Law Review 1505 (2016) (symposium)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "A Defense of Privacy as the Central Value Protected by the Fourth Amendment," 48 Texas Tech Law Review 143 (2016) (symposium)

Faculty Scholarly Presentations

Spring 2017

January 4: Owen Jones , "Law and Neuroscience," AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

January 7: Edward Cheng , “Publication Bias in False Confession Admissibility Rulings,” AALS Annual Meeting, AALS Criminal Justice Section, San Francisco, California

February 11: Christopher Slobogin, “Police Use of Surveillance Technology,” Bridging the Gap: A Conference on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform, Arizona State Law School, Phoenix

February 22: Terry Maroney , "Investigating Judicial Emotion," Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California

March 8: Christopher Slobogin, Testimony in front of Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 378, exempting offenders with severe mental illness from the death penalty

March 15: Christopher Slobogin, “The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards: Improving the System,” 4-hour workshop, American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting, Seattle

March 16: Michael Newton, keynote speaker at the Annual halabja Commemoration Ceremony, Kurdistan Regional Government Council of Ministers, Department of Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.

March 17: Christopher Slobogin, Discussant, “Intelligence Gathering: Implications of Subject and Public Perceptions,” APLS

March 31: Christopher Slobogin, “The Trump Administration and Criminal Justice,” Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors

April 4: Terry Maroney , "Judicial Emotion," University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, California

April 6: Owen Jones , "Frontiers in Neurolaw: Promise, Perils, and New Findings," University of Pennsylvania, Center for Neuroscience and Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 10: Owen Jones , Brain Activities During Punishment Decisions, U.C. Berkley School of Law, Berkeley, California

April 11: Christopher Slobogin, “When the Police Can (and Can’t) Get Your DNA, GetPrecise Retreat, Vanderbilt

April 20: Christopher Slobogin, “Neuroscience and Criminal Evidence Law,” Law and the Biosciences Conference, Stanford Law School

April 21: Owen Jones, Frontiers in Neurolaw: Promise, Perils, and New Findings, Neuroscience and Public Policy Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

April 25: Michael Newton, "Proportionality in Urban Warfighting," Military Advocate General's Corps of the Israel Defense Forces International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict, Tel Aviv, Israel

May 4: Christopher Slobogin, Panel, Violence Prevention and Mental Illness,” Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry

May 10: Christopher Slobogin, “Policing and the Cloud,” podcast, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

May 17: Christopher Slobogin, Keynote Address, “Policing and the Cloud,” European Privacy Law Scholars’ Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands

May 24: Christopher Slobogin, “Policing, Databases and Surveillance:  Five Regulatory Categories,” Oxford University Criminal Law Discussion Group

May 30: Christopher Slobogin, Keynote Address, “Using Big Data for Predictive Policing and Sentencing,” Annual Conference, European Association of Psychology & Law, Mechelen, Belgium

May 31: Christopher Slobogin, Workshop, “Policing, Databases and Surveillance: Five Regulatory Categories,” University of Vienna

June 8: Christopher Slobogin, Workshop, “Using Big Data for Predictive Policing and Sentencing,” Centre for Criminology, Oxford University

Fall 2017

October 10: Owen Jones, The Henry J. Miller Lecture, "Frontiers in Neurolaw: Justice, Technology, and the Brain,” Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia

Media Commentary

Popular Science: Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it - September 19, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

CNBC: I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice - August 3, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

Vox: I asked 6 legal experts if Trump obstructed justice. Here’s what they told me. - June 7, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The Telegraph (U.K.): What happens if Donald Trump is impeached and who would be the next president? - May 22, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The Tennessean: CoreCivic sees volatility as ‘Trump trade’ - May 22, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

Reuters: Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Michael Flynn: source - May 17, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin; the story also appeared in Yahoo! News .

BBC: Could Trump be guilty of obstruction of justice? - May 12, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Government Technology - Tech will require continued adjustment and definition within the law, experts say - May 11, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Bloomberg BNA: Can you hear them now? Robbers ask SCOTUS for phone privacy - May 10, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Associated Press: Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks - March 13, 2017 - David Hudson

The Cannabist: Federal marijuana law enforcement: What you need to know - March 7, 2017 - Robert Mikos

Vocativ: Do sex offenders have a free speech right to use Facebook? - March 6, 2017 -David Hudson

USA Today: Can Trump pull funding from UC Berkeley? Not likely, experts say - February 6, 2017 -David Hudson

Vox: We’re about to see states’ rights used defensively against Trump  - December 12, 2016 - Robert Mikos

Chicago Tribune: Trump tweet suggests criminalizing flag desecration, sparks debate  - December 5, 2016 - David Hudson

December 2, 2016 - KETR  (Commerce, Texas) interviewed Edward Rubin , University Professor of Law and Political Science, about his book, Soul, Self, and Society: The New Morality and the Modern State.

The Cannabist: Across America, efforts to decriminalize marijuana are pitting cities vs. states - November 4, 2016 -Robert Mikos

CSPAN-2 (national) featured Robert Mikos, professor of law, on a panel from the 10th Circuit Court Bench and Bar Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, discussing the impact of legalized marijuana.

Business Insider: One convicted murderer is challenging the definition of free speech from behind bars - November 1, 2016 - David Hudson

The Cipher Brief: How the terrorist watchlist works - October 3, 2016 -Arjun Sethi

CCTV America interviewed Arjun Sethi, adjunct professor of law, about private prisons and mass incarceration in the U.S.

USA Today: Opinion: Hate-crime laws aren’t strong enough - August 23, 2016 -Arjun Sethi

NPR: ‘Guilty but mentally ill’ doesn’t protect against harsh sentences - August 3, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

ProPublica: Wisconsin Court: Warning Labels Are Needed for Scores Rating Defendants’ Risk of Future Crime - July 15, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

USA Today: Juror’s objection on race leads to new trial - April 27, 2016 Christopher Slobogin (The story also ran in The Tennessean on April 26.)

Nashville Scene: Sentenced without a trial - February 4, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: Supreme Court: Life sentences on juveniles open for later reviews - January 26, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: D.C. court considers how to screen out ‘bad science’ in local trials - November 24, 2015 - Edward Cheng

The Tennessean: Experts say longer sentences don’t reduce crime - October 19, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

Daily Caller: House bill lets bureaucrats read your email without a warrant - October 9, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: Here’s a way the government can easily get your phone records without even asking a judge - October 5, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: Secret Service officials allowed to participate in probe of leak by agency - September 29, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

News Archive

Christopher Slobogin presents "Contemporary Debates in Criminal Justice: Government Surveillance," as part of an online course designed to expose participants to the basic principles of criminal law and to constitutional doctrine governing the police and adjudication of crime

Brains on Trial: When Neuroscience Meets Criminal Law -
Alan Alda interviews Professor Owen Jones on the intersection of neuroscience and criminal law.