Jenny Roberts

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Scholarship

Office: Room Y222
Phone: 202-274-4298
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Jenny Roberts is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Scholarship. She currently co-directs the Criminal Justice Clinic and teaches Criminal Law. Her research focuses on the right to counsel, misdemeanors and the lower criminal courts, collateral consequences of criminal convictions, and indigent defense. Professor Roberts’ work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of state high and lower federal courts, and in numerous briefs to the Supreme Court and other courts. She won the Pauline Ruyle Moore Scholar Award for her article Why Misdemeanors Matter: Defining Effective Advocacy in the Lower Criminal Courts, 45 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 277 (2011). Professor Roberts received the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions in 2014.

Professor Roberts sits on the National Research Advisory Board for the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College. She served as co-President of the Clinical Legal Education Association, the nation's largest association of law teachers in 2014, and was a member of CLEA’s Executive Committee (2012-14) and Board of Directors (2008-14). Professor Roberts served as the Reporter for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)’s Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction, which held a series of regional hearings and issued a report with recommendations relating to legal mechanisms for relief from the collateral consequences of criminal convictions in the state and federal systems. She was on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project from 2012-15, and is a current member of the Academic Advisory Board for the NACDL's "Getting Scholarship into Courts Project."

Professor Roberts previously taught at Syracuse University and in NYU's Lawyering program. Prior to teaching, she was a Senior Research Fellow at NYU Law School's Center for Research in Crime & Justice, a public defender in Manhattan, and a law clerk in the Southern District of New York.

Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Sentencing Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., New York University School of Law 1995 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., Yale University 1987 (cum laude)