J. Amy DIllard

J. Amy Dillard

Visiting Adjunct Faculty

 Sullivan Hall

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  • Capital Punishment
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Lawyering Skills
  • Virginia Practice and Procedure


  • B.A., Wellesley College, cum laude, American Studies (with honors) and English, 1988
  • J.D., W&L Law School, 1991


Professor J. Amy Dillard is a member of the permanent law faculty at the University of Baltimore. She previously served on the faculty of American University, Washington College of Law, as the Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program. She spent the first decade of her legal career as the Deputy Public Defender of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and she currently serves as counsel for a defendant charged with capital murder in Virginia.

Professor Dillard actively consults with and supports the work of the Prosecutorial Accountability Project at Civil Rights Corps, and her scholarship focuses on prosecutorial accountability, police reform, and mental illness in criminal law.

Professor Dillard teaches criminal law; constitutional criminal procedure; introduction to lawyering skills; a #MeToo seminar; a race, crime, and media seminar; professional responsibility; and torts.


  • Op-ed, Chauvin Trial Underscores Need to Re-open Case, BALTIMORE SUN (May 6, 2021).
  • Op-ed, Is C.T.E. a Defense for Murder?, N.Y. TIMES (Sept. 23, 2017).
  • Madness Alone Punishes the Madman: The Search for Moral Dignity in the Court's Competency Doctrine as Applied in Capital Cases, 79 Tenn. L. Rev. 461 (2012).
  • Big Brother IS Watching: The Reality Show You Didn't Audition For, 63 Okla. L. R. 461 (2011).
  • And Death Shall Have No Dominion: How to Achieve the Categorical Exemption of Mentally Retarded Defendants from Execution, 45 U. Rich. L. Rev. 961 (2011).
  • Sloppy Joe, Slop, Sloppy Joe: How USDA Commodity Dumping Ruined the National School Lunch Program, 87 Or. L. Rev. 221 (2008).
  • AT HIS DISCRETION (n.): "to be disposed of as he thinks fit; at his disposal, at his mercy; unconditionally,"97 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1295 (2008).