Anna Roberts

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Biography

Professor Roberts joined Seattle University School of Law in 2012, after three years as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law.

Before entering the legal academy, Professor Roberts served as a law clerk to Judge Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York and worked as a public defender at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where her practice culminated in the successful trial representation of a client charged with second-degree murder. She continues to litigate pro bono, recently representing a client convicted of second-degree burglary before the New York Court of Appeals.

Professor Roberts has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, where she graduated first in her class in Classics, earning a Starred First with Distinction. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a Dean's Scholar, a Florence Allen Scholar, and a Member of the Order of the Coif.
Professor Roberts's scholarship focuses on race and the criminal trial, with a particular focus on the criminal jury. Her articles include "Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend," 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming May 2015), "Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction," 55 B.C. L. Rev. 563 (2014), "Casual Ostracism: Jury Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions," 98 Minn. L. Rev. 592 (2013), "Disparately Seeking Jurors: Disparate Impact and the (Mis)use of Batson," 44 U.C. Davis. L. Rev. 1359 (2012), and "(Re)forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias," 44 Conn. L. Rev. 827 (2012).

Two of Professor Roberts's articles - "Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction" and "(Re)forming the Jury" - have been selected by the Academic Advisory Board of the Getting Scholarship into Court Project for inclusion on its "must read" list: a list of articles selected as especially useful to courts and practitioners.

Professor Roberts has provided media commentary on topics such as discrimination in jury selection and methods for combating juror bias.

Publications

Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend, 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming May 2015)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2419843

Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction, 55 B.C. L. Rev. 563 (2014)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2329452

Casual Ostracism:  Jury Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions, 98 Minn. L. Rev. 592 (2013)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2234257

Disparately Seeking Jurors:  Disparate Impact and the (Mis)use of Batson, 45 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1359 (2012)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1854686

(Re)forming the Jury:  Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias, 44 Conn. L. Rev. 827 (2012)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1935617

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • B.A., University of Cambridge, 1999
  • M.A., University of Cambridge
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003

Courses

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence

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