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Janet Moore


Janet Moore

Associate Professor of Law


JD, Duke University
MA, Duke University
MA, University of Chicago Divinity School

Areas of Interest

  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Death Penalty
  • Evidence
  • Habeas Corpus

Janet Moore teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Civil Rights Litigation at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  

She received J.D. and M.A. (Philosophy) degrees from Duke University and a M.A. in Divinity from the University of Chicago.  At Duke, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Law & Contemporary Problems and, after graduation, clerked for the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Her scholarship has been published in journals such as Brooklyn Law Review, Utah Law Review, and Behavioral Sciences & the Law. Professor Moore’s scholarship identifies conditions that empower stakeholders to obtain greater transparency and accountability from carceral systems. Her work is informed by critical theory as well as long experience in capital defense and criminal justice reform research and advocacy.

The impact of her scholarship is evident in her work co-convening the Indigent Defense Research Association, a national organization of indigent defenders, empirical researchers, and teachers who use data to improve public defense, and her service as an advisor on empirical research to Michigan's Indigent Defense Commission. Professor Moore’s scholarship also led to her roles co-chairing a national task force on discovery reform, drafting a model criminal discovery reform bill, and serving as an advisor during the drafting and passage of the  Michael Morton Act, which reformed criminal discovery procedures in Texas.

Awards include a 2007 Open Society Institute Senior Justice Advocacy Fellowship, two University of Cincinnati College of Law Goldman Prizes for Teaching Excellence (2012 and 2015), and a Junior Scholar Paper Competition Award sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Unnoticed, Untapped, and Underappreciated: Clients’ Perceptions of their Public Defenders, 33 BEHAV. SCI. & L. 751 (2015) (peer-reviewed article; second author, with Christopher C. Campbell, Wesley Meier and Michael Gaffney)

Make Them Hear You: Participatory Defense and the Struggle for Criminal Justice Reform, 78 ALBANY L. REV. 1281 (2015) (invited symposium article; lead author with Marla Sandys and Raj Jayadev)

Democracy Enhancement in Criminal Law and Procedure, 2014 Utah L. Rev. ___ (manuscript selected for 2012 Junior Scholar Paper Competition Award by Criminal Justice Section, Association of American Law Schools)

G Forces: Gideon v. Wainwright and Matthew Adler’s Move Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis, ___ Seattle J. Soc. Justice ___ (invited symposium essay forthcoming 2013)

Democracy and Criminal Discovery Reform After Connick and Garcetti, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1329 (2012)

Causes, Consequences, and Cures of Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in Conviction and Incarceration Rates, 3 Freedom Center Journal 35 (2011)

Covenant and Feminist Reconstructions of Subjectivity within Theories of Justice, 55 L. & Contemp. Probs. 159 (1992)

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Civil Rights and Litigation