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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

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 Honorable J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Washington Law Review, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 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, interdisciplinary research partnerships, and long experience in both capital defense and justice reform advocacy.

The impact of her scholarship is evident in her work co-convening the Indigent Defense Research Association, a national organization of practitioners, researchers and policy makers who use data to improve public defense, and her service as an invited expert for the American Bar Association’s Indigent Defense Advisory Group, the Indigent Defense Commissions of Michigan and Texas, and the Steering and Amicus Committees of the National Association for Public Defense. 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. Grants include a University of Cincinnati Research Council award to support investigation into quality communication in the public defense setting, and an Ohio Transformation Fund award to undertake community-based participatory research on redefining and pursuing true public safety.

May 22, 2017: Professor Janet Moore was acknowledged as being in the top 10% of Authors on SSRN by total new downloads within the last 12 months.

Co-editor (with Andrew L.B. Davies), Critical Issues and New Empirical Research in Public Defense, 14(2) Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2017)

Andrew L.B. Davies & Janet Moore, Critical Issues and New Empirical Research in Public Defense: An Introduction, 14 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 337 (2017)

Janet Moore & Andrew L.B. Davies, Knowing Defense, 14 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 345 (2017)

The Antidemocratic Sixth Amendment, 91 Washington Law Review 1705 ( (2016)

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. 543 (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, 11 SEATTLE J. SOC. JUSTICE 1025 (2013) (invited symposium essay)

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 Litigation