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: Prior Conviction Impeachment and the Fight Against Implicit Stereotyping, 83 U. CHI. L. REV. 835 (2016), Conviction by Prior Impeachment, 97 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, 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 address numerous judicial conferences on the topics of implicit bias, prior conviction impeachment, and the history of the jury trial. She has provided media commentary on topics such as discrimination in jury selection and methods for combating juror bias. She has provided commentary for Casetext on the abolition of peremptory strikes, prior conviction impeachment, and Supreme Court case Foster v. Chatman, and has discussed her work on prior conviction impeachment and implicit stereotypes on the evidence law podcast "Excited Utterance."
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 trial practice included representation of clients facing felony charges that included sexual assault, drug possession, and murder.
Professor Roberts is Co-Chair of the Academics Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, and a member of the Amicus Committee for the National Association for Public Defense.
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)
Jurors' Reactions to Implicit Biases: Are Informational Interventions Effective?, in CRIMINAL JURIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND THE LAW (Cynthia Najdowski & Margaret Stevenson, eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).
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.
March 06, 2017
Professor Anna Roberts explains her recent scholarship on this podcast.
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.