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Christopher Slobogin

Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law
Director, Criminal Justice Program
Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry

Chris Slobogin has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters on topics relating to criminal law and procedure, mental health law and evidence. Named director of Vanderbilt Law School’s Criminal Justice Program in 2009, Professor Slobogin is one of the five most cited criminal law and procedure law professors in the country over the past five years, according to the Leiter Report. Particularly influential has been his work on the Fourth Amendment and technology and his writing on mental disability and criminal law, appearing in books published by the Cambridge, Chicago, Harvard and Oxford university presses and in journals such as the Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Virginia Law Review.  Slobogin has served as reporter for three American Bar Association task forces (on Law Enforcement and Technology; the Insanity Defense; and Mental Disability and the Death Penalty) and as chair of both the ABA’s task force charged with revising the Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards and the ABA’s Florida Assessment team for the Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project. He is currently an associate reporter for the American Law Institute's Principles of Police Investigation Project. In recognition for his work in mental health law, in 2016 Slobogin received both the American Board of Forensic Psychology's Distinguished Contribution Award and the American Psychology-Law Society’s Distinguished Contribution of Psychology and Law Award; only a total of five law professors have received either of these awards in their 30-year history, and Slobogin is the only to receive both awards. He received Vanderbilt's 2020 Harvie Branscomb Award for creative scholarship and teaching. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, Slobogin held the Stephen C. O'Connell chair at the University of Florida's Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, where he was the Edwin A. Heafey Visiting Scholar, and at the Hastings, Southern California and Virginia law schools and the University of Frankfurt Law School in Germany, the Montpellier Law School in France, and the University of Kiev, Ukraine, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, the Today Show, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets, and has been cited in almost 5,000 law review articles and treatises and more than 200 judicial opinions, including five U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Slobogin holds a secondary appointment as a professor in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.

Research Interests

Criminal law and procedure, mental health law, evidence law


Representative Publications

  • Just Algorithms: Using Science to Reduce Incarceration and Inform a Jurisprudence of Risk, Cambridge University Press (2021)
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  • “A World of Difference? Law Enforcement, Genetic Data and the Fourth Amendment," 70 Duke Law Journal 705 (2021) (with James Hazel)
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  • "The Case for a Federal Criminal Court System (and Sentencing Reform)," 108 California Law Review 941 (2020)
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  • Advanced Introduction to U.S. Criminal Procedure, Elgar Press (2020)
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  • "Psychological Assessments in Legal Context: Are Courts Keeping 'Junk Science' Out of the Courtroom?" 20 Psychological Science in the Public Interest 135 (2019) (with Tess Neal, Michael Saks, Kurt Geisinger & David Faigman)
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  • "Manipulation of Suspects and Unrecorded Questioning: After 50 Years of Miranda Jurisprudence, Still Two (or Maybe Three) Burning Questions," 97 Boston University Law Review 1157 (2017)
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  • "Policing as Administration," 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 91 (2016)
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  • "Group to Individual Inference in Scientific Expert Testimony," 81 Chicago Law Review 417 (2014) (with David Faigman & John Monahan)
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  • "Lessons from Inquisitorialism," 87 Southern California Law Review 699 (2014)
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  • “Putting Desert in Its Place,” 65 Stanford Law Review 77 (2013)
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