Michelle S. Jacobs
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
- 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, DC (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).
- “Trayvon Martin’s killing is now a murder case” (Ongoing Coverage, USA Today)
- “No Grand Jury in Trayvon Case”(April 9, 2012, Annenberg TV News)
- “No grand jury for Trayvon Martin case”(April 10, 2012, WUFT)
- “George Zimmerman charged in Trayvon Martin death” (April 11, 2012, Green Bay Press Gazette)
- Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder(April 11, 2012, Time Magazine News Feed)
- George Zimmerman charged in Trayvon Martin case(April 11, 2012, USA Today)
- Zimmerman charged with 2nd-degree murder for killing Trayvon (April 11, 2012, USA Today ON DEADLINE)
- “Students react to the death of Trayvon Martin” (March 22, 2012, The Alligator)
- “Inside the Trayvon Martin Tragedy” (March 28, 2012, Legal Talk Network) – Michelle Jacobs, Professor of Law & Kenneth Nunn, Professor of Law
- “Trayvon Martin: A Case For The Books” (March 29, 2012, GTN News) – Coverage of the Trayvon Martin Panel
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.
- 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).