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Janet Moore


Janet Moore

Associate Professor of Law


JD, Duke University
MA, Duke University
MA, University of Chicago Divinity School

Areas of Interest

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Death Penalty
  • Evidence
  • Habeas Corpus

Professor Moore joined the College of Law faculty in 2012, teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. In her first year, she received both the College of Law’s Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence and the Junior Scholar Paper Competition Award sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Moore’s scholarship focuses on the legal and political conditions that empower stakeholders to obtain greater transparency and accountability from criminal justice systems. Her work is informed by critical theory and long experience in capital defense and criminal justice reform research and advocacy.

Before beginning her academic career, Professor Moore had her own practice and also served as an attorney for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to evidence-based justice reform. She previously had served as an Assistant Appellate Defender in North Carolina, focusing primarily on death penalty cases.  In her twelve years as a criminal defense attorney, she won some form of relief for about 80% of her capital clients.

In 2007, she was awarded a Senior Justice Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Institute. Her project focused on improving indigent defense systems. That work led to her appointment by the Ohio Supreme Court to the state Public Defender Commission in 2009.

Professor Moore received joint J.D./M.A. (Philosophy) degrees from Duke University and an M.A. degree (Divinity) from the University of Chicago.  At Duke,  she served as Editor-in-Chief of Law & Contemporary Problems, the nation’s first interdisciplinary law journal.  After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Democracy Enhancement in Criminal Law and Procedure, 2014 Utah L. Rev. ___ (manuscript selected for 2012 Junior Scholar Paper Competition Award by Criminal Justice Section, Association of American Law Schools)

G Forces: Gideon v. Wainwright and Matthew Adler’s Move Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis, ___ Seattle J. Soc. Justice ___ (invited symposium essay forthcoming 2013)

Democracy and Criminal Discovery Reform After Connick and Garcetti, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1329 (2012)

Causes, Consequences, and Cures of Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in Conviction and Incarceration Rates, 3 Freedom Center Journal 35 (2011)

Covenant and Feminist Reconstructions of Subjectivity within Theories of Justice, 55 L. & Contemp. Probs. 159 (1992)

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence