Anna C. Offit

Full-time faculty

Assistant Professor of Law

Phone: 214-768-2580

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Biography

Professor Offit’s teaching and research interests span criminal law, evidence, comparative law, legal ethics, law and society, and anthropology. She has applied empirical research methods to the study of prosecutorial ethics and lay participation in legal systems, and as a Fulbright scholar to Norway observed and analyzed the abolition of all-layperson juries in appellate criminal cases. Professor Offit served as a law clerk at the Department of Justice's Office for Civil Rights throughout law school as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Prior to joining SMU Law’s faculty, Professor Offit served as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Oslo’s Department of Public and International Law, a Graduate Prize Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and as a post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Civil Jury Project at New York University School of Law. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Lois Roth Foundation. Her articles have appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, the UC Irvine Law Review, and the Political and Legal Anthropology Review, among other law review and peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the bar in New York and New Jersey, and of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Legal Ethics

Education

A.B., Princeton University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude)
M. Phil., University of Cambridge
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Ph.D., Princeton University

Courses

Advanced Criminal Law:  Reforming the Criminal Jury
Criminal Law

Articles

Prosecuting in the Shadow of the Jury, 113 Northwestern University Law Review 1071 (2019)
Full-text:  SSRN | SMU Repository

The Jury is Out:  An Ethnographic Study of Lay Participation in the Norwegian Legal System, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (2019)
Full-Text:  SSRN | SMU Repository

Review Essay:  Giving Life to the Death Penalty, __ Political and Legal Anthropology Review __ (2018)
Full-text:  SSRN | SMU Repository

With Jurors in Mind:  An Ethnographic Study of Prosecutors' Narratives, __ Law, Culture and the Humanities Journal __ (2017)
Full-text:  SSRN | SMU Repository

Peer Review:  Navigating Uncertainty in the United States Jury System, 6 U.C. Irvine Law Review 169 (2016)
Full-text:  SSRN | SMU Repository

The Conscience and Culture of Prosecution:  An Introduction, 25 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 4 (2012)
Full-text:  SSRN | SMU Repository

Ethical Guidance for a Grander Jury, 24 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 761 (2011)
Full-text:  SSRN | SMU Repository

 

Book Chapters

Trial Processes, in INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANTHROPOLOGY (2018)

Other Publications

Review:  Steven Brill on the History of Arbitration Clauses, 3 Jury Matters 6 (2018)

Injustice Behind Closed Doors:  Civil Juries and the #MeToo Movement, 3 Jury Matters 3 (2018)

The Long Shadow of the Civil Jury Trial, 3 Jury Matters 2 (2018)

Book Review:  The Humanities and Public Life.  By Peter Brooks (ed.) with Hilary Jewett., 48 Law & Society Review 991 (2014)

REPORT ON SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION IN PRISONS AND JAILS, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC (2012) (Contributing Law Clerk)

Letter to the Editor:  The Jury's Duty When the Law Is Unfair, New York Times, (December 22, 2011)