Meghan J. Ryan

Meghan J. Ryan

Full-time faculty

Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Professor of Law

Biography

Professor Ryan teaches and writes at the intersection of criminal law and procedure, torts, and law & science. Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving science, technology, and cultural values on criminal convictions and punishment, as well as on civil remedies.

Professor Ryan received her A.B., magna cum laude, in Chemistry from Harvard University. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award. She was also a member of both the Minnesota Law Review and the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade.

After graduation, Professor Ryan clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She also worked as an associate in the trial group at the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she focused her practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation, as well as on white collar defense and compliance. Additionally, Professor Ryan has conducted research in the areas of bioinorganic chemistry, molecular biology, and experimental therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Professor Ryan was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she taught Criminal Law, Criminal Process, and Sales.

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Science
  • Torts
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Actual Innocence
  • Death Penalty

Education

A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota

Courses

Law & Science
Torts I
Torts II
Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

 

Books

The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment (with William W. Berry III) (work in progress)

Articles

Secret Conviction Programs (work in progress)

Underneath Toxic Causation (work in progress)

Escaping the Fingerprint Crisis: A Blueprint for Essential Research (work in progress)

What Is Law and Science? (work in progress)

Developing a Scientific Basis for Accurate and Reliable Fingerprint Evidence (work in progress)

On Neuro-Dignity and -Diversity in Offender Rehabilitation (work in progress)

Is Miranda Good News or Bad News for the Police? Lessons in Empirics and the Constitution, 50 Texas Tech Law Review 81 (2017) (invited symposium contribution)

Cruel Techniques, Unusual Secrets, 78 Ohio State Law Journal 403 (2017) (with William W. Berry III)
 
The Privacy, Probability, and Political Pitfalls of Universal DNA Collection, 20 SMU Science and Technology Law Review 3 (2017) (invited contribution)

Miranda's Truth: The Importance of Adversarial Testing and Dignity in Confession Law, 43 Northern  Kentucky Law Review 413 (2017) (invited symposium contribution)

Justice Scalia's Bottom-Up Approach to Shaping the Law, 25 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 297 (2016)

Taking Dignity Seriously: Excavating the Backdrop of the Eighth Amendment, 2016 University of Illinois Law Review 2129 (2016)

Taking Another Look at Second-Look Sentencing, 81 Brooklyn Law Review 149 (2015)

Cultivating Judgment on the Tools of Wrongful Conviction, 68 SMU Law Review 1073 (2015) (with John Adams)

     Cited in Rhoades v. Iowa, 880 N.W.2d 431 (Iowa 2016)

Science and the New Rehabilitation, 3 Virginia Journal of Criminal Law 261 (2015)

Juries and the Criminal Constitution, 65 Alabama Law Review 849 (2014)

Finality and Rehabilitation, 3 Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy 121 (2014) (invited symposium contribution)
     
     Cited in McGhie v.State, No. 78, 2016 WL 447090 (Md. Aug. 24,
     2016)
(Raker, J., dissenting)
     
     Cited and quoted parenthetically in Spencer v. 
     
United States, 773 F.3d 1132 (11th Cir. 2014)
     (Martin, J., dissenting)

Death and Rehabilitation, 46 U.C. Davis Law Review 1231 (2013)

The Missing Jury: The Neglected Role of Juries in Eighth Amendment Punishments Clause Determinations, 64 Florida Law Review 549 (2012)

Proximate Retribution, 48 Houston Law Review 1049 (2012)

Remedying Wrongful Execution, 45 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 261 (2012)

     Inspiration for, and cited in, American Bar 
     Association’s resolution and report on
 remedying
     wrongful execution


Judging Cruelty, 44 U.C. Davis Law Review 81 (2010)

Does the Eighth Amendment Punishments Clause Prohibit Only Punishments That Are Both Cruel and Unusual?, 87 Washington University Law Review 567 (2010)

     Cited in several works, including Antonin Scalia &
     Bryan A. Garner, Reading the Law: The
     Interpretation of Legal Texts
 (2012)

Does Stare Decisis Apply in the Eighth Amendment Death Penalty Context?, 85 North Carolina Law Review 847 (2007)

Can the IRS Silence Religious Organizations?, 40 Indiana Law Review 73 (2007)

Role of Carboxylate Bridges in Modulating Nonheme Diiron(II)O2 Reactivity, 42 Inorganic Chemistry 7519 (2003) (with Miquel Costas, et al.)

Book Chapters

Balancing Dignity and Punishment After Convictionin Christianity and Criminal Law: An Introduction (Mark Hill et al. eds.) (forthcoming).

Eighth Amendment Valuesin The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment (with William W. Berry III) (work in progress)

Science Under the Eighth Amendmentin The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment (work in progress)

Publications

Innocence Ignorance: The Failure to Acknowledge the Fallibility and Dignity Components of Humanity, in Voices on Innocence, 68 Florida Law Review 1569 (2016)

On the Road to Abolition: The Uncertain Future of Capital Punishment in the United States, Jurist, Feb. 24, 2016

Lessons from Gitmo, 49 The International Lawyer 229 (2015)

Innocence, Experimentation and Executions in Oklahoma and Beyond, Jurist, Nov. 3, 2015

The 2014 SMU Criminal Justice Colloquium: An Introduction, 67 SMU Law Review 489 (2014) (with Jenia Iontcheva Turner)

Actually Innocent? Exonerations on Appeal, Appellate Judges Educational Institute (2014) (with John Adams)

American Bar Association Resolution and Report on Remedying Wrongful Execution (2014)

Intellectual Disability and Uncertainty in Hall v. Florida, Concurring Opinions, June 7, 2014
 
Turning Back to Electrocution—Reversing the Eighth Amendment Ratchet?, Concurring Opinions, May 25, 2014
 
Science, Technology, Judges, and Juries, Concurring Opinions, May 16, 2014
 
Is the Death of Capital Punishment Nigh?, Concurring Opinions, May 6, 2014
 
Some Quick Teaching Tips from SMU Award-Winning Professors, Center for Teaching Excellence, April 25, 2014
 
Book Review, Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Books (2013) (solicited book review, reviewing Michael L. Perlin, Mental Disability and the Death Penalty: The Shame of the States (2013))
 
Finding Ways for Students to Discover Their Passions, Center for Teaching Excellence, November. 8, 2013
 
Teaching and Tenure, Center for Teaching Excellence, May 6, 2013
 
Is the Tide Turning on MOOCs (and Other Online Courses)?, Center for Teaching Excellence, April 30, 2013
 
Higher Ed Faculty: Teachers, Mentors, Advisors, Parents, or Friends?, Center for Teaching Excellence, February 13, 2013
 
Reflections of a First-Time Classroom Blogger, Center for Teaching Excellence, November. 18, 2012
 
Training Independent, and Diverse, Thinkers, Center for Teaching Excellence, November 12, 2012
 
The Resilience of Fingerprint Evidence, Law & Science Blog, August 28, 2012
 

Presentations

Evolving Punishment, Indeterminacy, and Humility in Criminal Sentencing
18th Annual Fall Conference, University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, South Bend, IN (Nov. 10, 2017)

Escaping the Fingerprint Crisis: A Blueprint for Essential Research 
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Tenth Annual Fall Institute, Washington, DC (Nov. 2, 2017)

Balancing Dignity and Punishment After Conviction
Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Oct.23, 2017)
 
Tort Law: First Principles
Law Preview, Austin, TX (Aug. 9, 2017)

Forensics, Algorithms, and the Criminal Justice System's Allusion to Science
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL (Aug. 2, 2017)

Tort Law: First Principles
Law Preview, Dallas, TX (July 31, 2017)

Tort Law: First Principles
Law Preview, Houston, TX (July 24, 2017)

Secret Conviction Programs
Association of America Law Schools Mid-Year Meeting of the Criminal Justice Section, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (June 14, 2017)

Secret Conviction Programs
Columbia Criminal Law Roundtable, Columbia Law School, New York, NY (May 5, 2017)

Forensic Science Ethics Roundtable 
Roundtable Participant, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX (Apr. 14, 2017)

Is Miranda Good News or Bad News for the Police? Lessons in Empirics and the Constitution
11th Annual Criminal Law Symposium: Entering the Second Fifty Years of Miranda, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, TX (Mar. 31, 2017)

Developing a Scientific Basis for Accurate and Reliable Fingerprint Evidence
Faculty Workshop, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO (Dec. 2, 2016)
 
Secret Conviction Algorithms
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Ninth Annual Fall Institute, Washington, DC (Nov. 3, 2016)
 
Criminal Justice Algorithms and Trade Secret Law
13th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: Intellectual Property and Social Justice, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (Sept. 30, 2016)

Miranda Distractions 
Forensic Group Meeting, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (Sept. 14, 2016)
 
Is Miranda Good News or Bad News for the Police? Lessons in Empirics and the Constitution
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL (Aug. 7, 2016)
 
Algorithms, Secrecy, and IP Rights 
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL (Aug. 4, 2016)

The Evolution of Tort Law
Law Preview, Dallas, TX (Aug. 1, 2016)

The Evolution of Tort Law
Law Preview, Houston, TX (July 25, 2016)

The Evolution of Tort Law
Law Preview, Austin, TX (July 20, 2016)

Developing a Scientific Basis for Reliable Fingerprint Evidence
CrimFest, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY (July 12, 2016)

Secrecy, IP Rights, and Prosecutions
IP/Life Science Symposium, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (Apr. 7, 2016)

Developing a Scientific Basis for Accurate and Reliable Fingerprint Evidence
Faculty Forum, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (Mar. 23, 2016)
 
Transparency vs. Leniency, Impartial Decisionmakers, and Gravity vs. Levity at Guantanamo Bay
Ethics Colloquy, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (Mar. 22, 2016)

Developing a Scientific Basis for Accurate and Reliable Fingerprint Evidence
Flawed Forensics and Innocence Symposium, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV (Mar. 4, 2016)

Miranda’s Truth
Miranda at 50, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, KY (Feb. 26, 2016)

Anticipatory Self-Defense
Moderator, American Association of Law Schools 110th Annual Meeting, New York City, NY (Jan. 9, 2016)

Developing a Scientific Basis for Accurate and Reliable Fingerprint Evidence
SMU Law & Statistics Fellows Seminar (Dec. 4, 2015)
 
On Neuro-Dignity and -Diversity in Offender Rehabilitation
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Eighth Annual Fall Institute, Washington, DC (Oct. 22, 2015)

The Privacy, Probability, and Political Pitfalls of Universal DNA Collection
It's Debatable: Should Feds Have Your DNA? (debating Prof. Arnold Loewy), Criminal Law Society, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (Oct. 2, 2015)

Challenging Police Procedure
Commentator for Eric Miller, 7th Annual Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 26, 2015)

On Neuro-Dignity and -Diversity in Offender Rehabilitation
7th Annual Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 25, 2015)

The Lightness of the Prosecutor’s Burden
Commentator for Ion Meyn, 7th Annual Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 25, 2015)

The Upside-Down Military Commission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay
Veterans Law Association, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (Sept. 10, 2015)

The Foundations of Tort Law
Law Preview, Dallas, TX (Aug. 5, 2015)
 
The Values of Dignity and Reliability in Addressing Innocence
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL (July 28, 2015)
 
The Foundations of Tort Law
Law Preview, Houston, TX (July 27, 2015)
 
The Foundations of Tort Law
Law Preview, Austin, TX (July 22, 2015)
 
Taking Another Look at Second-Look Sentencing
CrimFest, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY (July 20, 2015)
 
Taking Another Look at Second-Look Sentencing
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN (Apr. 24, 2015).
 
Taking Another Look at Second-Look Sentencing
St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (Apr. 22, 2015)
 
Actually Innocent? Exonerations on Appeal
Panelist, Appellate Judges Education Institute 2014 Summit, Dallas, TX (November 14, 2014)

Taking Another Look at Second-Look Sentencing
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Seventh Annual Fall Institute, Washington, DC (October 23, 2014)

Issues With Judges, Juries, and Social Media
Moderator, SMU Science and Technology Law Review Social Media Law Symposium, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (October 17, 2014)

Taking Dignity Seriously: Excavating the Backdrop of the Eighth Amendment
Ethics Colloquy, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (September 30, 2014)

Interview with Nomaan Merchant, Reporter
Associated Press (September 5, 2014) (regarding the use of amicus briefs in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals)

An Introduction to Torts
Law Preview, Dallas, TX (August 6, 2014)

On Mercy, Rehabilitation, and Offender Dignity
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL (August 4, 2014)

An Introduction to Torts
Law Preview, Austin, TX (July 22, 2014)

Taking Dignity Seriously: Excavating the Backdrop of the Eighth Amendment
Annual Law & Religion Roundtable, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (June 26, 2014)

Eighth Amendment Dignity and Constitutional Punishment
2014 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (May 29, 2014)

Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Evidence in Court
Forensic Group Meeting, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (May 14, 2014)

Breakfast with Alan M. Dershowitz and Meghan J. Ryan 
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (April 29, 2014) (discussing capital punishment)

Eighth Amendment Dignity and Constitutional Punishment
Faculty Colloquium, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR (April 1, 2014)

Dignity and Rehabilitation
Love and Law: What Would Law Be Like If We Organized It Around the Value of Christian, Agape Love?, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA (February 8, 2014)

The Guilty Mind and Wrongful Conduct: Areas of Uncertainty
Moderator, SMU Criminal Justice Colloquium, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (January 24, 2014)

Eighth Amendment Dignity and Constitutional Punishment
SMU Criminal Justice Colloquium, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (January 23, 2014)

Eighth Amendment Dignity and Constitutional Punishment
Junior Faculty Forum, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (November 15, 2013)

Eighth Amendment Dignity and Constitutional Punishment
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Sixth Annual Fall Institute, Washington, DC (October 31, 2013)

Tortious Intentions
Pre-Law Scholars Program, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dallas, TX (October 2, 2013)

On Neuro-Dignity and -Diversity in Offender Rehabilitation, Treating the Criminal Offender Brain: Can We? Should We?
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN (September 27, 2013)

Punishment, Dignity, and the Constitution
5th Annual Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, University of California–Davis (September 6, 2013)

Blaming Drugs
Commentator for Shima Baradaran, 5th Annual Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, University of California–Davis (September 6, 2013)

Using Social Media in Teaching: Classroom Blogging
2013 Teaching Effectiveness Symposium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (August 22, 2013)

Dignity, Rehabilitation, and the Constitution
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Palm, Beach, FL (August 8, 2013)

Juries and the Criminal Constitution
2013 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (May 31, 2013)

Science and the New Rehabilitation
Faculty Forum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (April 22, 2013)

Fighting Finalities in Sentencing
Junior Faculty Forum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (April 19, 2013)

Capital Punishment in the United States and Texas
Death by Numbers Symposium: The Legal Path to Execution, Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, TX (April 15, 2013)

Science, Sentencing, and Certitude
Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy’s Symposium on “Finality in Sentencing,” Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, NC (April 5, 2013)

Death and Rehabilitation
Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ (March 15, 2013)

New Issues in Torts
Moderator, Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit, New Orleans, LA (November 17, 2012)

Death and Rehabilitation
Ethics Colloquy, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (November 8, 2012)

Juries and the Criminal Constitution
American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Fifth Annual Fall Institute, Washington, DC (October 25, 2012)

Tortious Intentions
Pre-Law Scholars Program, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dallas, TX (September 12, 2012)

Science and the New Rehabilitation
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL (July 31, 2012)

Death and Rehabilitation
2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, HI (June 8, 2012)

Science and the New Rehabilitation
2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, HI (June 5, 2012)

The Landscape of the New Rehabilitation
SMU Dedman School of Law Executive Board Meeting, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (May 14, 2012)

Law After CSI
Inside SMU, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (April 20, 2012)

Breakthrough Science and the New Rehabilitation
Interdisciplinary Law Workshop, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (March 23, 2012)

Breakthrough Science and the New Rehabilitation
Fifteenth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX (March 16, 2012)

Science and the New Criminal Rehabilitation
Law Faculty Research and Development Exchange, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR (February 3, 2012)

The New Utility and Morality of Stem Cell Research
What Every Student Should Know About Cloning & Human Stem-Cell Research, SMU Federalist Society, Dallas, TX (January 18, 2012)

A Jury’s Interpretation of Cruelty
Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2011 Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC (July 26, 2011)

Law and Science
2011 Appellate Judges Certificate Program, Santa Fe, NM (June 27, 2011 – July 1, 2011)

     The Future of Law and Science (July 1, 2011)
     Junk Science (June 30, 2011)
     The Interplay Among Law, Science, and Politics 
           
(June 29, 2011)
     Science and Causation (June 28, 2011)
     Science and Culpability (June 27, 2011)

Total Retribution
2011 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (June 2, 2011)

Science and Rehabilitation
Sixth Annual Conference on Catholic Legal Thought, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK (May 18, 2011)

Accounting for Wrongful Execution
International Innocence Network Conference, Cincinnati, OH (April 9, 2011)

Palsgrafian Torts
Pre-Law Scholars Program, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciencesm, Dallas, TX (March 23, 2011)

Total Retribution
Southwest Junior Law Professors Workshop, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, AZ (March 14, 2011)

Total Retribution
Fourteenth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, University of Nevada–Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (March 12, 2011)

Dallas County Exonerees Share Their Stories
Moderator, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (March 3, 2011)

Remedying Wrongful Execution
Criminal Justice Forum, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (December 13, 2010)

Total Retribution
Junior Faculty Forum, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (November 5, 2010)

Proximate Retribution
Central States Law Schools Association, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, ND (September 25, 2010)

American Criminal Law and Procedure
U.S. Department of State’s Rule of Law and Judicial Reform of Iraq Program, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, TX (May 5, 2010)

Judging Cruelty
Thirteenth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Brown University (March 27, 2010)

The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty
Panelist, Supreme Court Summit, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg (February 2010)

Death, Drugs, and Desert
Rule of Law Forum, SMU Dedman School of Law, (October 3, 2009)

Does the Eighth Amendment Punishments Clause Prohibit Only Punishments That Are Both Cruel and Unusual?
Faculty Works in Progress, University of Minnesota Law School (September 4, 2008)

Media

Lawmaker Proposes Firing Squad, Nitrogen for Executions
Interview, Tim Lockette, Anniston Star, Nov. 29, 2016

After Dallas Shootings, Gov. Abbott Proposes Protecting Cops with Hate Crimes Law
Radio Interview, KERA News, July 19, 2016

Spotlight on Sections: Section on Criminal Justice
Interview, Barbra Elenbaas, AALS News, Spring 2016

It’s Time to End Antonin Scalia’s Prison State: How the Next SCOTUS Justice Could Help End Mass Incarceration
Interview, Salon (Feb. 21, 2016)

Life Without Parole for Juveniles
Radio Interview, Bloomberg Law Brief, Jan. 26, 2016

Juvenile Convicts Get Their Day in Court
Radio Interview, Bloomberg Law, Jan. 25, 2016

Chicago Jury Spoofing
Radio Interview, Bloomberg Law Brief, Nov. 3, 2015

Supreme Court on Racial Bias in Selecting Jurors
Radio Interview, Bloomberg Law, Nov. 2, 2015

Supreme Court Considers Lethal Injections
Radio Interview, Bloomberg Law Brief, May 4, 2015
 
Supreme Court Considers Lethal Injections
Radio Interview, Bloomberg Law, May 1, 2015

Efforts to Reinstate Electric Chair May Face Court Trouble
Interview, Tim Lockette, CorrectionsOne.com (Mar. 22, 2015), reprinted in Tim Lockette, Efforts to Reinstate Electric Chair May Face Court Trouble, Anniston Star, Mar. 27, 2015
 
Execution Drug Supply Is Running Low, and States are Looking for Lethal Backup Plans: Nitrogen Chamber? Firing Squad? Electric Chair?
Interview, Commercial Appeal, Mar. 20, 2015
 
Video Interview, Al Jazeera America (Mar. 5, 2015) (regarding the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer in Texas).

Drug Challenges Are Failing to Halt Executions
Interview, Time (June 18, 2014)

States Puzzle Over Best Form of Execution
Radio Interview, The Daily Circuit
Minnesota Public Radio (May 30, 2014)

SMU Faculty Newsmakers
Video, (May 13, 2014)

Capital Punishment in the United States, in Light of the Oklahoma Botched Execution
Radio Interview, Central Time, Wisconsin Public Radio (May 1, 2014)

Why Are Execution Drugs So Controversial? SMU Law Professor Explains,
Radio Interview, KERA Radio (May 1, 2014)

Interview with Steve Thompson, Reporter
Dallas Morning News, (April 17, 2014 ) (regarding Texas legal ethics)

Video Interview
HuffPost Live (January 24, 2014) (regarding whether denial of an inmate’s sexual reassignment surgery or new lethal injection cocktails constitute cruel and unusual punishment).

Cruel and Unusual?
Radio Interview, Sound of Ideas, National Public Radio, Cleveland, WCPN/WCLV (January 22, 2014)

Interview with Dianne Solis, Reporter
Dallas Morning News (July 17, 2013) (regarding the death of of Santos Rodriguez)

The Trayvon Martin Verdict: Are the Stand Your Ground Laws and Easy Gun Access a Lethal Combination for Kids?
Interview, Dallas Morning News (July 14, 2013)

Then and Now: What Would've Oswald's Trial Looked Like?
Television Interview, ABC-DFW (June 20, 2013)

The Law and Plans for 3-D Guns on the Internet
Television Interview, CBS 11 (May 10, 2013)

Local Trials Possible Despite Fear, Prolonged News Blitz in Kaufman
Interview, Dallas Morning News (April 21, 2013)

Dallas County Career Criminal Could Go Free After Appeals Court Agrees His Right to a Speedy Trial Was Violated
Interview, Dallas Morning News (January 4, 2013)

Interview with Susy Solis, Reporter
CBS-Dallas (December 12, 2012) (regarding bail amount set for Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent)

Texas Court Case Raises Question of Whether Child-Porn Viewers Should Pay Restitution to Rape Victim
Interview, Dallas Morning News (November 14, 2012)

Interview with Scott Filipski, Senior Producer
Fuji Television-Japan (October 17, 2012) (regarding prosecutorial conduct in the sentencing of Elizabeth Escalona)

Seeking Supreme Court's Help
Interview, Dallas Morning News (September 25, 2012)

Lawsuit Filed Against Apple's Siri Technology
Television Interview, CBS-DFW (June 12, 2012), quoted in Erik Kain, Why the Class Action Siri Lawsuit Against Apple Is Patently AbsurdFORBES (June 14, 2012)

Halloween 2011: Staying Safe
Interview, Dallas Morning News:  Neighborsgo.com (October 28, 2011)

Execution Watch
Interview, KPFT 90.1 FM (September 15, 2011)

Recording of Execution in Georgia Likely to Lead to Similar Requests in Texas
Interview, Dallas Morning News (July 27, 2011)

Casey Anthony Acquitted of Murder
Television Interview, Fox 4 News, KDFW-TV (July 5, 2011)

Could YouTube Lead Cops to Bikers Who Halted Traffic?
Television Interview, WFAA-TV (June 6, 2011)

Court Ruling Could Be Far-Reaching
Interview, Amarillo Globe News (July 18, 2010)

Dominic Jones’ Defense Makes Case for Re-Trial
Interview, Minnesota Daily (Apr. 16, 2009)