B.A., University of Cambridge, 1999
M.A., University of Cambridge
J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003
- Criminal Procedure Adjudicative (CRIM-300-H)
Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Fellow, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality
Professor Roberts holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, where she graduated first in her class in Classics, earning a Starred First with Distinction. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a Dean's Scholar, a Florence Allen Scholar, and a Member of the Order of the Coif.
Professor Roberts's scholarship focuses on race and the criminal trial, with a particular focus on criminal jury trials. Her scholarship has addressed peremptory challenges, implicit juror bias, and the use of prior convictions to impeach defendants and disqualify jurors.
Professor Roberts's articles include "Reclaiming the Importance of the Defendant's Testimony," 83 U. Chi. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016), "Conviction by Prior Impeachment," 97 B.U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016), "Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend," 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1503 (2015), "Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction," 55 B.C. L. Rev. 563 (2014), "Casual Ostracism: Jury Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions," 98 Minn. L. Rev. 592 (2013), "Disparately Seeking Jurors: Disparate Impact and the (Mis)use of Batson," 44 U.C. Davis. L. Rev. 1359 (2012), and "(Re)forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias," 44 Conn. L. Rev. 827 (2012). A forthcoming book chapter for the Oxford University Press will examine implicit juror bias.
Two of Professor Roberts's articles - "Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction" and "(Re)forming the Jury" - have been selected by the Academic Advisory Board of the Getting Scholarship into Court Project for inclusion on its "must read" list: a list of articles selected as especially useful to courts and practitioners. Her article "Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend" was one of four articles selected from the 2015 Call for Papers of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS).
Professor Roberts has been invited to speak on implicit bias at the 2014 and 2015 Annual Conferences of the American Judges Association, and on the history of the jury trial at the 2015 Washington Appellate Court Conference. She has provided media commentary on topics such as discrimination in jury selection and methods for combating juror bias. She has provided recent commentary for Casetext on the abolition of peremptory strikes, prior conviction impeachment, and Foster v. Chatman.
Before entering the legal academy, Professor Roberts served as a law clerk to Judge Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York and worked as a public defender at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where her practice culminated in the successful trial representation of a client charged with second-degree murder.
Professor Roberts has been selected as Co-Chair of the Academics Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section for 2016-17.
Reclaiming the Importance of the Defendant's Testimony: Prior Conviction Impeachment and the Fight Against Implicit Stereotyping, 83 U. Chi. L. Rev. 835 (2016)
Conviction by Prior Impeachment, 96 B.U. L. Rev 1977 (2016)
Asymmetry as Fairness: Reversing a Peremptory Trend, 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1503 (2015)
Impeachment by Unreliable Conviction, 55 B.C. L. Rev. 563 (2014)
Casual Ostracism: Jury Exclusion on the Basis of Criminal Convictions, 98 Minn. L. Rev. 592 (2013)
Disparately Seeking Jurors: Disparate Impact and the (Mis)use of Batson, 45 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1359 (2012)
(Re)forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias, 44 Conn. L. Rev. 827 (2012)
"Soldiering on in Hope": United Nations Peacekeeping in Civil Wars, 35 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 839 (2003)
Foster v. Chatman: An Egregious Batson Violation (and a SCOTUS Reversal) (May 24, 2016), available at https://casetext.com/posts/foster-v-chatman-an-egregious-batson-violation-and-a-scotus-reversal
"Should the Supreme Court Abolish Peremptory Strikes?" (Oct. 30, 2015), available at https://casetext.com/posts/should-the-supreme-court-abolish-peremptory-strikes.
"Juries, Implicit Bias, and the Silencing of Criminal Defendants" (Aug. 7, 2015), available at https://casetext.com/posts/juries-implicit-bias-and-the-silencing-of-criminal-defendants.
May 29, 2015
Research by Professor Anna Roberts on the problem of jury bias is cited in this article about the trend toward participatory defense.