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Criminal Law Concentration Full-Time Faculty

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado’s principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably cognitive psychology—to law and legal theory.  Collaborating with psychologists on novel experiments, Professor Benforado is focused on developing a more realistic understanding of the behavior of legal actors. He was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his empirical work investigating human intuitions about punishment.

Senior Associate Dean Daniel M. Filler

Daniel M. Filler

Dean Daniel Filler worked as a public defender before joining the legal academy. He serves on Pennsylvania’s Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment and previously chaired an American Bar Association team that assessed the fairness and accuracy of Alabama’s death-penalty system.

Professor Anil Kalhan

Anil Kalhan

Professor Anil Kalhan has garnered international recognition for his exploration of laws and policies that criminalize immigration.  He is Chair-Elect of the Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools and is a co-founder and former Chair of AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies.

Professor Donald F. Tibbs

Donald F. Tibbs

Professor Donald Tibbs is an expert on the overlapping issues of race, civil rights and criminal procedure. The author of “From Black Power to Prison Power: The Making of Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union,” he has been quoted in TIME magazine and other major media outlets.

Kevin Woodson

Kevin Woodson specializes in criminal procedure and civil rights law.  His scholarship focuses on race and the legal profession and corporate culture.

He practiced law with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in Washington, D.C., where his activities included representing corporations under investigation for alleged health care and accounting fraud as well as work on civil rights litigation against law enforcement officials in Texas.

Professor Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily Zimmerman conducts empirical research to assess strengths and weaknesses in legal pedagogy and methods for promoting student enthusiasm. She has served on the Professional Development Committee of the Legal Writing Institute, on the board of Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law and as co-editor of the Legal Writing Journal of the Social Science Research Network.

Before teaching, Professor Zimmerman was the chief of the Civil and Exceptional Litigation Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she had also supervised the Municipal Court Unit and worked as a trial prosecutor.

Victor Abreu

J.D., City University of New York School of Law
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook

​Professor Abreu is assistant federal defender for the Capital Habeas Corpus Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Since 1999, he has represented indigent death row prisoners in all aspects of state and federal post-conviction proceedings. He was previously assistant federal defender for the Southern District of Texas.​

Margaret L. Hutchinson

J.D., University of Richmond School of Law
B.A., College of William and Mary

Professor Hutchinson is chief of the Civil Division of the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She focuses on health care fraud, defense procurement fraud and environmental violations. She has handled investigations involving home-health aide agency improprieties, pharmaceutical pricing issues, cost-reporting fraud and research fraud tied to National Institutes of Health grants.

Justin T. Loughry

J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Williams College

Professor Loughry is an owner and partner with Loughry and Lindsay, LLC, where he handles state and federal trial and appellate litigation involving a broad range of criminal and civil matters. A former president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, he has handled high-profile litigation involving racial profiling by state police in New Jersey and alleged excessive force at Bayside State Prison. He has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law - Camden.

Shawn Nolan

J.D., cum laude, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
B.A., La Salle University

Professor Nolan is a supervisory assistant federal defender with the Capital Habeas Corpus Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees in habeas corpus proceedings in federal court, and handles capital cases on post conviction in state and federal courts. Professor Nolan has taught as an adjunct professor with the Great Lakes College Association.

Judy Goldstein Smith

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Smith has been an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania specializing in complex health care, tax, securities, consumer and financial frauds, corruption, terrorism, narcotics and other federal crimes since 1980. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden teaching advanced criminal procedure and criminal litigation courses. She has received numerous Department of Justice awards including the Director's award and awards for her public service.