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Michelle S. Jacobs

Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center


Mailing Address:
Box # Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0940

(352) 392-3005


J.D., Rutgers University A.B., Princeton University (cum laude)

Teaching and Scholarship

Criminal Law, Critical Race Theory, Women Defendants in the Criminal Justice System

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined Law faculty as Assistant Professor in 1993. Named Associate Professor of Law (1996), Professor (1998); UF Association of Black Faculty and Staff (president), 1994-96.
  • Additional Academic: Visiting Professor, Howard University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1999-2002); Visiting Associate Professor, Columbia University Law School, New York (1996); Adjunct Professor, CUNY College of Law, New York (1993); Staff Attorney, Urban Legal Clinic, Rutgers University, New Jersey (1990-93).
  • Legal Practice: McGee & Jacobs (NY, 1985-90); Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey, Inc. (1983-85); Municipal Employees Legal Services (NY, 1982-83).
  • Professional Affiliations: New York State Bar, New Jersey State Bar, American Bar Association, Clinicians of Color (Founding Member), Association of American Law Schools (Clinical Section).
Media Involvement

Criminal Law Clinic (6 credits) - LAW 6942

  • Participation as intern in conduct of actual criminal legal matters; supervised by member of a state attorney or public defender's office. Two of six credits graded, remaining four awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. (Summer Clinic graded on an S/U basis only.) Prerequisites: Criminal Procedure: Police & Police Practices (LAW 6111), Criminal Procedure: Adversary Systems (LAW 6112), and Trial Advocacy (LAW 6361) or Trial Practice (LAW 6363). NOTE: Not available to students who have taken Civil Clinic (LAW 6940) or Mediation Clinic. Must have completed 48 semester hours. Enrollment by application prior to pre-registration.

Current Books

  • FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY: BEYOND ESSENTIALISM (co-editor, New York University Press) (2002)

Representative Law Reviews / Journals

  • Full Legal Representation for the Poor: The Clash Between Lawyer Values and Client Worthiness, 44 Howard Law Journal 257 (2001)
  • Coming Full Circle: The African American Struggle for Full Citizenship Under Color of Law, Transforming Anthropology (Vol 9, 2000)
  • Prostitutes, Drug Users and Thieves: The Invisible Women in the Campaign to End Violence Against Women 8 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review 459 (1999)
  • Requiring Battered Women Die: Murder Liability for Mothers Under Failure to Protect Statutes, 88 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 579 (1998)
  • People From the Footnotes: The Missing Element in Client Centered Counseling, 27 Golden Gate University Law Review 345 (1997).