Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Visiting Professor James Tomkovicz from University of Iowa to Teach Criminal Law During 2013-14 Academic Year July 25, 2013
Visiting Professor James Tomkovicz from University of Iowa to Teach Criminal Law During 2013-14 Academic Year

Professor James Tomkovicz, the Edward Howrey Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law and a leading scholar in criminal law and criminal procedure, will teach courses in these areas at Southwestern during the 2013-14 academic year as a Visiting Professor of Law.

A member of the full-time faculty at Iowa since 1981, Professor Tomkovicz has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, and Evidence. He has served as a visiting professor at the law schools of UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, University of San Diego, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Professor Tomkovicz finds teaching criminal law particularly satisfying. "There is no more vital area of law than the criminal law," he explains. "All of the criminal law and procedure courses I teach are exciting to students because of what is at stake - freedom, privacy, liberty, public safety and order. The competing values and interests that dictate the balances we strike in these areas could not be more critical to the lives of every member of our society."

Early in his career, Professor Tomkovicz was an attorney with the Appellate Section of the Land and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He also served as a law clerk to Hon. Edward J. Schwartz, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and as law clerk to Hon. John M. Ferren, Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology at the University of Southern California, and his J.D. at UCLA, where he served on Law Review. He is a member of the California State Bar.

Professor Tomkovicz is the co-author of the casebook Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Constraints Upon Investigation and Proof (6th edition, 2008, LexisNexis; 7th edition forthcoming, 2013). His book, Constitutional Exclusion: The Rules, Rights, and Remedies that Strike the Balance Between Freedom and Order (Oxford University Press, 2011), provides an in-depth analysis of the seven constitutional bases for excluding evidence of guilt from criminal trials. He has written articles related to criminal procedure and criminal law for numerous law reviews including those of Hastings, Lewis and Clark, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, Washington and Lee and Yale, among others. He has also written six amicus curiae briefs in U.S. Supreme Court cases for the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.