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Criminal Law Faculty

  • David S. Abrams
    , Assistant Professor of Law, Business, and Public Policy

    David Abrams’ recent research includes investigations into incentives for innovation, attorney performance, the deterrent effect of incarceration, and the impact of race in criminal sentencing.

  • Stephanos Bibas
    , Professor of Law and Criminology; Director, Supreme Court Clinic

    Stephanos Bibas explores how procedural rules written for jury trials have unintended consequences when 95 percent of defendants plead guilty. He studies the powers, incentives, information, and psychology that shape how prosecutors, defense counsel, defendants, and judges behave.

  • William Burke-White
    , Deputy Dean and Professor of Law

    William Burke-White, presently on leave at the State Department, is an expert on international law and institutions, with particular interests in human rights, international criminal and financial law.

  • Claire Finkelstein
    , Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

    Claire Finkelstein has published widely at the intersection of philosophy and law, with a particular interest in criminal law theory.

  • Leo Katz
    , Frank Carano Professor of Law

    Leo Katz’s work focuses on criminal law and legal theory more generally. By connecting criminal law, moral philosophy and the theory of social choice, he tries to shed light on some of the most basic building block notions of the law-coercion, deception, consent, and the use and abuse of legal stratagems, among others.

  • Jonathan Klick
    , Professor of Law

    Jonathan Klick’s work focuses on identifying the causal effects of laws and regulations on individual behavior using cutting-edge econometric tools. Included among his areas of investigation is the effect of police on crime.

  • Stephen J. Morse
    , Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry

    Stephen Morse, a renowned expert in criminal and mental health law, focuses on individual responsibility in criminal and civil law. Recently he co-chaired the group focusing on addiction in the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project to study how to integrate new developments in neuroscience into the U.S. legal system.


  • Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
    Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. 
  • Paul H. Robinson, Colin S. Diver Professor of Law

    Paul Robinson, one of the world’s leading criminal law scholars, heads up Penn Law’s Criminal Law Research Group (LINK TO CLRG) - URL may change with new section). He recently completed two criminal code reform projects in the United States and the first modern Islamic penal code under the auspices of the U.N. Development Program.

  • David Rudovsky
    , Senior Fellow

    David Rudovsky, one of the nation’s leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys, practices public interest law. He has won major cases on prison reform and received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and Award for Accomplishments in Civil Rights Law and Criminal Justice.

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Kermit Roosevelt Professor of Law

Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Clinical Director

David Skeel S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law

Christopher S. Yoo John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition