Sell's Conundrums by Christopher Slobogin SSRN

Christopher Slobogin
Nashville, TN

Justice & Law Social Science


Christopher Slobogin
Professor of Law & Psychiatry
Christopher Slobogin is a nationally renowned criminal and procedural law professor. He can discuss topics related to mental health law, forensic mental health and death penalty issues.
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Nashville, TN 37232
United States
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An expert in criminal procedure, mental health law and evidence law, Christopher Slobogin has authored or co-authored more than 70 articles, books and chapters on these topics. Director of Vanderbilt Law School’s Criminal Justice Program, he is one of the 20 most cited criminal law and procedure law professors in the country, according to the Leiter Report. The book Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, which he co-authors with another lawyer and two psychologists, is considered the standard-bearer in forensic mental health; in recognition for his work in that field, he was named an Honorary Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society in 2008. Professor Slobogin has also served as reporter for both the American Bar Association's Task Force on Law Enforcement and Technology and its Task Force on the Insanity Defense, as well as chair of the Florida Assessment Team for the ABA's Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project. In addition, he helped draft standards dealing with mental disability and the death penalty that have been adopted by the ABA, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association. Professor Slobogin joined Vanderbilt's faculty in 2008, having previously held the Stephen C. O'Connell chair at the University of Florida's Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Over the course of his career, he has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, where he was the Edwin A. Heafey Visiting Scholar, as well as at the Universities of Virginia, Nebraska, Southern California and California – Hastings. He has also taught at the University of Frankfurt Law School in Germany 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 over 1,200 law review articles and over 100 judicial opinions, including at the Supreme Court level. Professor Slobogin has a secondary appointment as Professor in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry.

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Too Crazy to Commit
The insanity defense might seem like a sure shot to getting someone cleared of a wrong doing-but not so fast.
Recent Publications/Appearances


April 26, 2012 Social Science Research Network "Sell's Conundrums by Christopher Slobogin SSRN"


March 28, 2013 "Is privacy going to the dogs?"

January 29, 2012 Washington Post "Supreme Court has shown unity, but little guidance"

Ocrober 1, 2011 AP "Legal experts: Loughner's only defense is insanity"

September 29, 2011 The Tennessean "Court attitudes shift to accept use of battered woman defense"

September 21, 2011 The Wall Street Journal "How Technology Is Testing the Fourth Amendment"

September 9, 2011 The Detroit News "How 9/11 changed America"

August 28, 2011 AP "Kan. capital case raises insanity defense issue"

August 17, 2011 AP "Loughner team focuses on mental illness in family"

August 16, 2011 The New York Times "Lawyers for Defendant in Giffords Shooting Seem to Be Searching for Illness"

Sep 14, 2010 Wall Street Journal "A Safety Net for Accused"


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