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Mark Godsey Named the Daniel P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law


Mark A. Godsey, Director of the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project, has been named the Daniel P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law.  Professor Godsey is a nationally recognized authority on wrongful convictions, one of his generation’s foremost scholars in the law relating to confessions and police interrogations, and an award-winning teacher.

Best known to the public for his work in founding and directing the Ohio Innocence Project and its umbrella, the Rosenthal Institute for Justice, Professor Godsey has worked tirelessly to create and maintain one of the most prominent Innocence Projects in the country. In 2008 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Innocence Network, the organization representing Innocence Projects in the United States and around the world.

Under his leadership, the OIP has established a national reputation for excellence and serves as an exemplar for how to create, nurture, and sustain a comprehensive and effective clinical program directed at wrongful convictions.  In addition to securing the freedom of ten individuals to date, OIP students and staff attorneys under Professor Godsey’s guidance researched and helped draft legislation that resulted in Ohio’s groundbreaking law on wrongful convictions. SB 77 has been called “one of the most important pieces of criminal justice legislation in this state in a century” and a “national model” on criminal justice reform.

Scholarly Achievements
Professor Godsey’s stature among scholars is no less impressive.  According to eminent criminal procedure scholar Yale Kamisar, Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School, Professor Godsey is the author of one of “the ten or twelve best articles ever written on police interrogation and confessions” – Rethinking the Involuntary Confession Rule:  Toward a Workable Test Identifying Compelled Self-Incrimination, 94 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 465 (2005).  “I can say of Godsey’s article,” Professor Kamisar adds, “what I have said of very, very few criminal procedure articles: ‘I wish I had written it.’”

Rethinking the Involuntary Confession Rule is one of several important contributions that Professor Godsey has made to the field, including:

•Reformulating the Miranda Warnings in Light of Contemporary Law and Understandings, 90 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW 781 (2006),
•The New Frontier of Constitutional Confession Law – the International Arena: Exploring the Admissibility of Confessions Taken by U.S. Investigators from Non-Americans Abroad, 91 GEORGETOWN LAW JOURNAL 851 (2003),
•Miranda’s Final Frontier – The International Arena:  A Critical Analysis of United States v. Bin Laden, and a Proposal for a New Miranda Exception Abroad, 51 DUKE LAW JOURNAL 1703 (2002),
•Shining the Bright Light on Police Interrogation in America, 6 OHIO STATE JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW 711 (2009),
•Reliability Lost, False Confessions Discovered, 10 CHAPMAN LAW REVIEW 623 (2007), and
•When Terry Met Miranda: Two Constitutional Doctrines Collide, 63 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 715 (1994).

Professor Godsey also has turned his scholarly talents to other issues in criminal justice, including capital punishment, wrongful convictions, and the status of offenders once they are released from prison:

•The Innocence Revolution and Our “Evolving Standards of Decency” in Death Penalty Jurisprudence, 29 UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON LAW REVIEW 265 (2004) (with Thomas Pulley),  and
•Going Home to Stay:  A Review of Collateral Consequences of Conviction, Post-Incarceration Employment, and Recidivism in Ohio, 36 UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO LAW REVIEW 525 (2005) (with Marlaina Freisthler).

A highly respected teacher in the area of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence, Professor Godsey was awarded the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2004.  In 2007, he received the University of Cincinnati’s TIAA-CREF Award for Distinguished Public Service.  His contributions to the College have been extensive, having served on nearly every standing committee at the College of Law, as well as the Dean Search Committee in 2004-05.


About The Daniel P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professorship
The Daniel P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professorship was established at the College of Law thanks to the generosity of Daniel P. Carmichael ‘68, his wife Judith, and the Lilly Endowment, Inc., on whose Board of Trustees Mr. Carmichael serves.  The Professorship exists to recognize and support a College of Law professor with demonstrated skill as a classroom teacher, contributions as a legal scholar, and performance as a positive member of the law school community.

In addition to his distinguished professional career, Mr. Carmichael is a steadfast supporter of the College of Law and the University of Cincinnati.  He is a trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, a member of the College of Law’s Board of Visitors, and served in 2004-05 on the search committee charged with finding a new dean for the College.  In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Cincinnati.

The Carmichael’s have endowed several funds at the College of Law, including this Professorship, a library collection, a summer public interest fellowship program, and a fund to support community-oriented service initiatives.