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Ronald J. Allen

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B.S., magna cum laude, Marshall University
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Michigan

Professor Allen is the John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law at Northwestern University, in Chicago, IL. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at Marshall University and studied law at the University of Michigan. He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of evidence, procedure, and constitutional law. He has published five books and approximately eighty articles in major law reviews. The New York Times referred to him as one of nation's leading experts on evidence and procedure. He has been quoted in national news outlets hundreds of times, and appears regularly on national broadcast media on matters ranging from complex litigation to constitutional law to criminal justice.

Professor Allen began his career at the State University of New York, and has held professorships at the University of Iowa and Duke University prior to coming to Northwestern. He has lectured on his research at distinguished universities across the world, among them Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Duke University, Oxford University, University of London, Leiden University, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, University of Edinburgh, University of British Columbia, the University of Paris (Sorbonne), Parma University, Turin University, Pavia University, University of Adelaide, Australia, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and UNAM, Mexico City. In 1991, he was the University Distinguished Visiting Scholar, at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. One of his books has been translated into Chinese by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and he has been invited to China for a series of lectures in the summer of 2004 and the spring of 2005. He has also been invited to lecture by the governments of Mexico and Trinidad/Tobago. For the last ten years, his research has focused on the nature of juridical proof. He has been involved as a consultant on numerous cases involving complex litigation in the United States and abroad.

He is a member of the American Law Institute, has chaired the Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and was Vice-chair of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. He has served as a Commissioner of the Illinois Supreme Court, assigned to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. He is presently on the Boards of the Constitutional Rights Foundation-Chicago, and the Yeager Society of Scholars of Marshall University. He is, or has served, on various boards and committees of civic and cultural institutions in Chicago.


  • Deadly Dilemmas II: Bail and Crime, 85 chicago-kent law review 23-42, 2010 (with Larry Laudan)
  • Theorizing About Self-Incrimination, 30 cardozo law review 729-750, 2008
  • Utility and Truth in the Scholarship of Mirjan Damaška, crime, procedure and evidence in a comparative and international context: essays in honour of professor mirjan damaška 329-350, 2008 (with Georgia N. Alexakis)
  • From the Enlightenment to Crawford to Holmes: Address at the Association of American Law Schools Evidence Conference, 39 seton hall law review 1-16, 2009
  • Moral Choices, Moral Truth, and the Eighth Amendment, 31 harvard journal of law & public policy 25-34, 2008
  • Originalism and Criminal Law and Procedure, 11 chapman law review 277-306, 2008 (with Carol Steiker, Craig S. Lerner, Hon. Christopher A. Wray, and Hon. Edith Brown Clement)


(The Late) William J. Stuntz

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B.A., College of William and Mary, History and English, 1980
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1984

• Stuntz, William J. & Joseph L. Hoffmann. Defining Crime (Aspen Publishing)
• Stuntz, William J., Daniel C. Richman & Kate Stith. Federal Criminal Law (Aspen Publishers, 2011)
• Stuntz, William J. Fighting Crime: Race, Crime, and Democracy in America (Harvard University Press)
• Allen, Ronald J., Joseph L. Hoffmann, Livingston Debra & William J. Stuntz. 2009 Supplement, Comprehensive Criminal Procedure, 2d ed (Aspen Publishers 2009 ed.)
• Allen, Ronald J., Joseph L. Hoffmann, Debra A. Livingston & William J. Stuntz. Comprehensive Criminal Procedure (Aspen Publishers 2nd ed. 2005)
• Allen, Ronald J., Joseph L. Hoffman, Debra Livingston & William J. Stuntz. Criminal Procedure: Investigation and the Right to Counsel (Aspen Publishers 2005).(derived from Comprehensive Criminal Procedure)
• Stuntz, William J., Ronald J. Allen, Joseph L. Hoffman & Debra A. Livingston. 2004 Supplement to Comprehensive Criminal Procedure (Aspen Business & Law 2004). (Annual Supplements in 2001, 2002 and 2003)
• Stuntz, William J., Ronald J. Allen & Richard B. Kuhns. 2000 Supplement to Constitutional Criminal Procedure (Little, Brown & Co. 2000). (Annual Supplements in 1998 an 1999)
• Stuntz, William J., Ronald J. Allen & Richard B. Kuhns. Constitutional Criminal Procedure (Little, Brown & Co. 3rd edition ed. 1995)


Joseph L. Hoffmann

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B.A., Harvard College, 1978
J.D., University of Washington, 1984

Selected Works
• House v. Bell and the Death of Innocence, in DEATH PENALTY STORIES (John H. Blume and Jordan M. Steiker, Eds.). New York: Foundation Press, 2009.
• Rethinking the Federal Role in State Criminal Justice (with Nancy J. King), 84 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 791 (2009).
• Envisioning Post-Conviction Review for the 21st Century (with Nancy J. King), 78 MISSISSIPPI LAW JOURNAL 433 (2008).
• Comprehensive Criminal Procedure, 2nd ed. (with Ronald Jay Allen, et al.). New York: Aspen, 2005. Also: Supplements 2007, 2008.
• "The 'Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause': A Limit on the Power to Punish or Constitutional Rhetoric?," in The Bill of Rights in Modern America (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN: 2nd Ed. 2007) (D. Bodenhamer & J. Ely, Jr., eds.).
• "Protecting the Innocent: The Massachusetts Governor's Council Report," 95 J. of Crim. L. & Criminology 561 (2005) (symposium issue on innocence and the death penalty).
• "Substance and Procedure in Capital Cases: Why Federal Habeas Courts Should Review the Merits of Every Death Sentence," 78 Texas L.Rev. 1771 (2000) (federal courts symposium issue)
• "Where's the Buck? Juror Misperception of Sentencing Responsibility in Capital Cases," 70 Indiana L.J. 1137 (1995) (Capital Jury Project symposium issue).
• "Habeas After the Revolution," 1993 Supreme Court Review 65 (1994) (co-authored with Stuntz).
• "The Supreme Court's New Vision of Federal Habeas Corpus for State Prisoners," 1989 Supreme Court Review 165.


Debra A. Livingston

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J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984
B.A., Princeton University, 1980

Judge Livingston was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit on May 17, 2007 and entered on duty June 1, 2007. Prior to her appointment she was the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she also served as Vice Dean from 2005 to 2006. Judge Livingston joined the Columbia faculty in 1994. She continues to serve as a member of that faculty as the Paul J. Kellner Professor.

    Judge Livingston received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1980 from Princeton University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1984 from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

    Judge Livingston was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1986 to 1991 and she served as a Deputy Chief of Appeals in the Criminal Division from 1990 to 1991. She was an associate with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1985 to 1986 and again from 1991 to 1992, when she elected to pursue an academic career. Judge Livingston was a member of the University of Michigan’s Law School faculty from 1992 until 1994.

    Judge Livingston is a co-author of the casebook, Comprehensive Criminal Procedure, and has published numerous academic articles on legal topics. She has taught courses in evidence, criminal law and procedure, and national security and terrorism. From 1994 to 2003, Judge Livingston was a Commissioner on New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board.


Andrew D. Leipold

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J.D., University of Virginia
B.S., Boston University

Professor Andrew Leipold, the Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law, graduated summa cum laude in public relations from Boston University. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, he served as clerk to Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice Lewis Powell, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court. He then worked for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia.

Since joining the faculty in 1992, Professor Leipold has been voted Outstanding Faculty Member eight times and received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2000. Most recently, he served for two and one-half years as associate dean for Academic Affairs. He has been a visiting professor at Boston College Law School and Duke University School of Law, where he was recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Leipold writes in the area of criminal law and procedure and has served as a consultant to the Illinois Criminal Law Reform Commission, the Governor’s Truth in Sentencing Commission, and the Office of the Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Investigation. His most recent publication is entitled, "The Impact of Joinder & Severance on Federal Criminal Cases: An Empirical Study" (59 Vanderbilt Law Review). In 2005, he published "How the Pretrial Process Contributes to Wrongful Convictions" (42 American Criminal Law Review 1123), "Why are Federal Judges So Acquittal Prone" (83 Washington University Law Quarterly 151), "The Grand Jury Clause of the Fifth Amendment" (Heritage Foundation Guide to the Constitution), "Strategy and Remorse in Capital Trials"(80 Indiana Law Journal 47) and Volumes 1 and 1A in Federal Practice and Procedure: Criminal (3d ed.). His essay, "The Limits of Deterrence Theory in the War on Drugs," was published in a symposium issue of The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice at the University of Iowa, and he authored a chapter in Controversial Issues in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Other articles include "The Problem of the Innocent, Acquitted Defendant" (94 Northwestern University Law Review 1297, 2001), and "Constitutionalizing Jury Selection in Criminal Cases" (86 Georgetown Law Journal 945, 1998).


Tracey L. Meares

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Tracey L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale University. Before arriving at Yale, she was Max Pam Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School. She was, at both The University of Chicago and Yale Law Schools, the first African American woman to be granted tenure. Before going into academia, Professor Meares held positions clerking for the Honorable Harlington Wood, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Professor Meares has worked extensively with the federal government, having served on the Committee on Law and Justice, a National Research Council Standing Committee of the National Academy of Sciences from 2004–2011. Additionally, she has served on two National Research Council Review Committees: one to review research on police policy and practices, which produced the book, Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence (2004, Skogan and Frydl, eds.) and another to review the National Institute of Justice, Strengthening the National Institute of Justice, (2010, Welford, Chemers and Schuck, eds). In November of 2010, Meares was named by Attorney General Eric Holder to sit on the Department of Justice’s newly-created Science Advisory Board. And in December 2014, President Obama named her as a member of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Professor Meares’s teaching and research interests focus on criminal procedure and criminal law policy, with a particular emphasis on empirical investigation of these subjects. Her writings on such issues as crime prevention and community capacity building are concertedly interdisciplinary and reflect a civil society approach to law enforcement that builds upon the interaction between law, culture, social norms, and social organization. She has written widely on these topics in both the academic and trade press. To this end, Professor Meares has been engaged in a number of action-oriented research projects in Chicago, Northern California, and several sites across New York State focused on violence reduction through legitimacy-enhancing strategies. Meares has been especially interested as of late in teaching and writing about communities, police legitimacy, and legal policy, and she has lectured on this topic extensively across the country to audiences of academics, lay people, and police professionals. Together with Tom Tyler, she directs the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, which plays a central role, along with John Jay University and the Center for Policing Equity at UCLA in a new federal initiative to build trust and confidence in the criminal justice system. She has a B.S. in general engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.