Jennifer M. Collins

Jennifer Collins

Full-time faculty

Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law

Biography

Jennifer M. Collins is the Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law. She received her B.A., cum laude with Distinction in the Major (History) from Yale University in 1987, and her J.D., magna cum laude in 1991 from Harvard University, where she also served as an Editor for the Harvard Law Review.

Prior to joining SMU, Dean Collins was a member of the law faculty at Wake Forest University since 2003. She most recently served as Vice Provost and Professor of Law. At Wake Forest, Dean Collins taught courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, family law, gender and the law, and career development and legal professionalism. She received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

Dean Collins clerked for the Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit after graduating from Harvard Law School, and worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., before joining the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel as an attorney-adviser in 1993. She then served as Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 1994 to 2002, working in the homicide section for the last six of those years and prosecuting more than 30 jury trials. She returned to private practice in 2002 at Sidley Austin before moving to Wake Forest.

She is the co-author of PRIVILEGE OR PUNISH?  CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CHALLENGE OF FAMILY TIES (authored with Dan Markel and Ethan Lieb), published by Oxford University Press in 2009. In addition, she has written many other law review articles and essays featured in Yale Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and more. Dean Collins’ scholarship is focused on issues involving families and the criminal justice system.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Family Law
  • Gender

Education

B.A., cum laude with Distinction in the Major (History), Yale University
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University; Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review
 

Courses

Books

Privilege or Punish?  Criminal Justice and The Challenge of Family Ties (Oxford University Press 2009) (with Dan Markel and Ethan Leib)

Articles

Rethinking Family Status and Criminal Justice, 119 Yale Law Journal 1864 (2010) (with Dan Markel and Ethan Leib)

(When) Should Family Status Matter in the Criminal Justice System?, 13 New Criminal Law Review 151 (2010) (with Dan Markel and Ethan Leib)

Eight is Enough, 103 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 501 (May 11, 2009) (with Naomi Cahn), reprinted in Women and the Law (Tracy Thomas ed., 2011) and Judith Areen’s family law casebook

Punishing Family Status, 88 Boston University Law Review 1327 (2008) (with Dan Markel and Ethan Leib; part of a symposium issue that includes two responses and a reply co-authored by Collins, Markel & Leib)

Lady Madonna, Children at Your Feet: The Criminal Justice System’s Romanticization of the Parent-Child Relationship, 93 Iowa Law Review 131 (2007)

Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties, 2007 Illinois Law Review 1147 (with Dan Markel and Ethan Leib)

Crime and Parenthood: The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents, 100 Northwestern University Law Review 807 (2006); cited by Louisiana Supreme Court in State v. Small, 100 So. 2d 797 (2012)

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Sharing Grand Jury Information with the Intelligence Community Under the USA PATRIOT Act, 29 American Criminal Law Review 1261 (2002)

Book Chapters

Criminal Law Comes Home to a Familyin CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (Paul Robinson, Stephen Garvey, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, and Kimberly Ferzan, eds., Oxford University Press 2009)
 

 

Publications

Works in Progress

Combatting Campus Crime:  The Challenge of the Campus Police

Presentations

Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties
Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 2011)

The Art of Making a Name for Oneself
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (August 2009)

Fathers Who Kill Their Children
Law and Society Association (May 2009)

Eight is Enough
Junior Family Law Professors Gathering (May 2009)

Punishing Family Statue
Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (May 2008)

Co-Founder and Organizer
Junior Family Law Professors’ Gathering (2007-2009)

Lady Madonna, Children at Your Feet: How the Criminal Justice System Romanticizes the Parent-Child Relationship
Faculty Workshops
University of Miami School of Law and
Wake Forest University School of Law

Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties
Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (July 2006)

Co-Founder and Organizer
Junior Criminal Law Professors’ Gathering
George Washington University Law School (2005-2008)

Crime and Parenthood: The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents
Faculty Workshops
University of North Carolina School of Law and
Wake Forest University School of Law (Fall 2004)
May Gathering (May 2005)

The USA PATRIOT ACT and Its Impact on Grand Jury Secrecy
2003 Judicial Conference of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
(December 2003)