Dedman Law Welcomes New Professors

Pamela R. Metzger


DALLAS (SMU) — SMU Dedman School of Law is pleased to welcome two new professors to the law school faculty who are both outstanding teachers and distinguished scholars. Professor Pamela Metzger is a nationally recognized Sixth Amendment and ethics scholar and Dr. Lolita Buckner Inniss’s scholarship addresses geographic, historic and visual norms of law, especially in the context of comparative constitutionalism, gender and race.


Dr. Lolita Buckner Inniss

Professor of Law
Dr. Lolita Buckner Inniss comes to SMU from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, where she has taught for 19 years, and where she was a holder of the Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker and Hostetler Chair in Law. She has held the Hamilton College Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professorship in Women’s Studies, a distinguished visiting chair, and was a fellow of the New York University-Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Memory Project in Paris, France. She is also a pro bono attorney with the American Bar Association/United Nations Development Program.
Dr. Inniss received her undergraduate degree from Princeton and her J.D. from UCLA. She also holds an LL.M. with Distinction and a Ph.D. in Law from Osgoode Hall, York University in Canada.  Her research addresses geographic, historic and visual norms of law, especially in the context of comparative constitutionalism, gender and race.
The author of dozens of articles, essays and other writings, her work has appeared in the Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and other distinguished publications in the United States and beyond. Dr. Inniss is also one of the contributors to a volume titled International Law's Objects (Oxford University Press), which addresses legal and metaphoric aspects of various objects in international law.
Dr. Inniss’s current major research project is a book titled The Princeton Fugitive Slave:  James Collins Johnson, an account of race, gender, slavery and the law at Princeton University.
This fall, she will teach Property and Critical Race Theory.

Pamela Metzger

Director of the Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center and Professor of Law
Pamela Metzger is the inaugural Director of the Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center. She comes to SMU from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, where she has taught since 2001.
Professor Metzger received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. A nationally recognized Sixth Amendment and ethics scholar, Professor Metzger’s scholarship combines theory and practice in seeking improvements in criminal justice.  Most recently she has explored how a data-driven systems approach to high-risk practices can improve the implementation of public defense services.
She captured a national spotlight for her round-the-clock work to help 8,000 indigent defendants left incarcerated without legal representation after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. She was interviewed recently on 60 Minutes, in a segment titled “Overburdened NOLA public defenders say innocents went to prison because they lacked resources and time to defend them properly.”
Professor Metzger’s work has appeared in publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Southern California Law Review and Northwestern University Law Review, and has been widely cited by leading authorities and by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Metzger will oversee the new Deason Center’s independent research and its development of educational opportunities focused on issues ranging from wrongful convictions to over-incarceration. This fall, Professor Metzger will also teach Professional Responsibility.
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