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Daniel Filler

Daniel M. Filler, JD

Dean, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Professor of Law

Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Contact:

daniel.m.filler@drexel.edu

215.571.4705

Filler studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law. He is an expert on sex offender community notification, the death penalty and juvenile justice law. Before joining Drexel, Filler was a professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he created the school's Capital Defense Clinic.

He has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Humanities and chaired an American Bar Association team that assessed the fairness and accuracy of Alabama's death-penalty system. His scholarship has appeared in the Virginia Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Iowa Law Review, among other places.

In 2008, Filler established The Faculty Lounge blog to which he continues to contribute regularly.

For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell). 

In the News

  • Bill Cosby Sentencing: Live Updates

    Daniel M. Filler, JD, dean of the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a Sept. 24 New York Times article about today’s Bill Cosby sentencing. Filler was also quoted in the Washington Post, ABC News, CBS-Philly and various other outlets in regards to the case’s optics and potential outcomes.

  • Sentencing options for Cosby include prison, jail, probation

    Daniel M. Filler, JD, dean of the Kline School of Law, was quoted in an Sept. 20 Associated Press article about the potential sentencing outcomes facing Bill Cosby next week. The article was picked up by various outlets including FOX29 News Philadelphia, NBC10, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Reading Eagle, The State, Miami Herald and more.

  • Cosby Back on Trial for Sexual Assault in #MeToo World

    Daniel M. Filler, JD, dean of the Kline School of Law, was interviewed by AFP about the Bill Cosby trial, the defense and challenges for jurors. The article was picked up by numerous outlets including the Daily Mail on April 6.

  • Law Schools Considering Familiar Alternative to LSAT for Admissions

    Daniel M. Filler, JD, dean of the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a Jan. 22 Philadelphia Business Journal article about some schools accepting the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), rather than the LSAT, as an alternative for admission.

  • Law Deans Argue Over How to Count Jobs They Fund

    Daniel M. Filler, JD, dean of the Kline School of Law was quoted in an Aug. 11 Bloomberg Law "Big Law Business" article about school-funded jobs for graduating JD students and how they ought to be evaluated by the American Bar Association.

  • 6 Facts About Drexel's New Law Dean

    Daniel M. Filler, JD, professor and associate dean at the Kline School of Law, was featured in a Dec. 16 Philadelphia Business Journal story about his new appointment as incoming dean.

  • Drexel Taps Insider as New Law School Dean

    The Philadelphia Inquirer published a Dec. 14 story about the appointment of Drexel’s Daniel M. Filler, JD, as the incoming dean for the Kline School of Law. Drexel President John A. Fry and Drexel Provost Brian M. Blake, PhD, were quoted in the Inquirer story, as well as a Dec. 13 Philadelphia Business Journal story regarding the appointment. The Legal Intelligencer also covered the appointment.

  • Are These Law Schools the Most Underrated?

    Daniel Filler, JD, a professor of law and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the Kline School of Law had his research featured in Dec. 8 ABA Journal story regarding concerns with the way U.S. News & World Report rankings incorporate law school job placement statistics.

  • 'Affluenza' teen's mom took $30,000 before flight, according to warrant

    Daniel Filler, JD, professor of law and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on Jan. 9 about the “affluenza” defense of teen Ethan Couch.

  • Use of ‘Affluenza’ Didn’t Begin With Ethan Couch Case

    Daniel Filler, JD, professor of law and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a New York Times story on Dec. 29 about Ethan Couch’s “affluenza” defense. He also was quoted in a story on this topic in The Christian Science Monitor.

  • Pa. Supreme Court Candidate's 'Gay-Panic' Defense

    Daniel Filler, JD, professor of law and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a Philadelphia Daily News story on Oct. 26 about Pa. Supreme Court candidate Mike George’s use of the “gay-panic” defense.

  • SJC Rejects Local Residency Restrictions on Sex Predators

    Daniel Filler, senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs and a professor in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a Boston Globe article on Aug. 28 about sex offender residency restrictions. 

  • Hatboro Councilman Used Force to Apprehend Suspect. Was it Justified?

    Daniel Filler, JD, professor of law and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a July 9 Philly Voice article examining legal justification for a private citizen to shoot a bank robbery suspect.

  • Bloomberg Law Brief: Challenge Gov. on Death Penalty (Audio)

    Daniel Filler, JD, professor of law and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the Kline School of Law, was interviewed on Bloomberg Radio on March 6 about the death penalty.

  • ‘A System That Is Clearly Broken’

    Daniel Filler, JD, a professor and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in an article on Feb. 9 on TheMarshallProject.org about a controversial sex offender program in Minnesota.

  • The “Sex Offender” Regime is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

    Research by Daniel Filler, JD, professor and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the School of Law, was cited in an Oct. 24 Counter Punch blog post about punishment for hazing in Sayreville, New Jersey.

  • Jurors' social media posts a growing threat to fair trials

    Daniel Filler, JD, professor and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the School of Law, was quoted in a Morning Call article on June 22 about the Supreme Court hearing a case on social media threats.

  • Defining hate crime

    Daniel Filler, JD, a professor and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the School of Law, was interviewed on WHYY’s “Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane” about hate crimes on April 17.

  • Teen Charged in Stabbings Could Face Effective Life Sentence: Expert

    Daniel Filler, JD, a professor and senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in the School of Law, was quoted on NBCNews.com on April 10 in two stories about high school stabbing suspect Alex Hribal being charged as an adult.

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  • Drop in LSAT Takers Shows Legal Field’s Slump

    Daniel Filler, senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs and professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted in a New York Times article on October 31 about the drop in the number of people taking the LSAT.

  • LSAT Numbers Decline for Fourth Straight Year

    Daniel Filler, senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs and professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted in the National Law Journal on October 31 about the decline in the number of people taking the LSAT.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Likely Affects Easton Teen's Life Sentence for Murder

    Daniel Filler, a professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted in an article in the Allentown Morning Call about the Supreme Court’s ruling against life sentences for juvenile offenders.

  • Penn State Moves Swiftly on Sandusky Sex Abuse Civil Suits

    Daniel Filler, a professor in the Earle Mack School of Law was quoted in a Reuters article about civil suits against Penn State because of child abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky. It was picked up by MSNBC, CNBC, Yahoo! News, The New York Times and numerous other outlets. He was also quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer  about the Sandusky trial verdict. 

  • Sex Abuse Trial of Ex-Coach Sandusky Heads to Jury

    Daniel Filler, a professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted in a Reuters story about the defense resting in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial. It was picked up by a number of outlets, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, FOX News and CNBC.

  • Judge Drops Three Charges Against Sandusky as Case Heads to Jury

    Daniel Filler, a professor in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted in a Metro article about character testimony and its effect on the jury in the Jerry Sandusky trial.

  • When Child Sex Abuse Headlines Tempt Jurors

    Daniel Filler, a professor and senior associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the Earle Mack School of Law, was quoted in a WHYY radio (91-FM) interview about the possibility of jurors being swayed by the media in sexual abuse cases.

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