Judge James Noel Dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law
Professor of Law
Jennifer M. Collins has served as a federal prosecutor and in academia, uniquely positioning her to continue the SMU Dedman School of Law tradition of preparing graduates to enter a competitive legal market.
She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for more than seven years, where she specialized in homicide cases. She is the co-author of Privilege or Punish? Criminal Justice and The Challenge of Family Ties, 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 focuses on issues involving families and the criminal justice system, including the prosecution of parents who are responsible for their children's deaths.
- Criminal law
- Criminal procedure
- Family law
- Gender and the law
- International criminal law
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