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Michelle S. Jacobs

Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center


Mailing Address:
Box # Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0940

(352) 392-3005

Jacobs teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law, Critical Race Theory and a seminar, Criminal Law in the Virtual Context, which examines the ways technological development creates interesting intersections between traditional civil law and criminal law. Her students blog about crime and technology. You can read their work here. Before taking on the teaching role Jacobs was an experienced trial attorney. She represented union workers in District Council 37, New York’s second largest union and then went on to represent plaintiffs in federal civil rights litigation under the Fair Housing Act 42 U.S. C 3601, et seq. After transitioning her practice to criminal defense, she represented defendants in federal cases in the Southern District of New York and in the state courts of New York and New Jersey. Professor Jacobs's scholarship can be found on:


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); President, UF Association of Black Faculty and Staff (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 (3 credits) - LAW 5100

Criminal Procedure (3 credits) - LAW 6111

International Criminal Law (3 credits) - LAW 6930

Virtual Criminal Law (2 credits) - LAW 6936

Critical Race Theory

Women Defendants in the Criminal Justice System


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


  • 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).