Assistant Professor of Law
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 has also practiced civil rights, employment and labor law at Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP, and continues to litigate pro bono, 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 jury. Her articles include "Casual Ostracism: Jury Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions," 98 Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming Dec. 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).
Seattle University School of Law
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- B.A., University of Cambridge, 1999
- M.A., University of Cambridge
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure