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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

Fall 2017

September 11: Christopher Slobogin, Testimony to Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Bill 378 (exempting people with serious mental illness from the death penalty), Nashville, Tennessee

September 20: Mike Newton, "The Quartet v. Qatar: CyberAttacks and the Effects of Fake News", From Cyber Attack To Disruptive Measures, The Unprecedented Blockade Against the State of Qatar, 72nd United Nations General Assembly Session, New York

September 29: Christopher Slobogin, “Risk Assessment Principles in Sentencing and Policing,” Ohio State Law School symposium, Columbus, Ohio

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

October 18: Christopher Slobogin, “Risk Assessment Principles in Sentencing,” Utah Law School workshop, Salt Lake City, Utah

October 27: Sara Mayeux, “The Cold War Right to Counsel,” American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada

November 2: Christopher Slobogin, “Criminal Competencies,” AAFP workshop, Las Vegas, Nevada

November 8-9: Christopher Slobogin, Defense of “Suspicionless Searches & Seizures” and “Databases,” chapters in ALI’s Policing Project, at Advisory Committee and Members’ Consultative Group meeting, Philadelphia

November 16: Christopher Slobogin, “Criminal Mental Health Law in a Nutshell,” CLE for Nashville attorneys, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, Tennessee

November 17: Christopher Slobogin, Criminal Justice Roundtable, convenor and commentator on Morgan Cloud, "Property is Privacy: Locke and Brandeis in the Twenty-First Century," and five other papers, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, Tennessee

Media Commentary

ABC News: What’s next in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference - October 31, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Mashable: Google Clips is a camera that snaps its own pics, but some have privacy concerns - October 10, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The New York Times Magazine: When ‘Not Guilty’ is a Life Sentence - September 27, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

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.