J. Amy Dillard

Visiting Adjunct Faculty


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail: jdillard@seattleu.edu


JD, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1991
BA, Wellesley College, cum laude, American Studies (with honors) and English, 1988


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


Professor J. Amy Dillard joined the faculty at The University of Baltimore in 2006, following four years on the faculty of American University, Washington College of Law, where she taught criminal law and served as the acting director of the Legal Rhetoric Program. Before entering the academy, Professor Dillard practiced law in Alexandria, Va., where she specialized in criminal defense and served as the city's deputy public defender for many years.

Her scholarly interests include sanity and competency issues, the National School Lunch Program, judicial ethics and various topics in law and religion.

Professor Dillard is a member of the Virginia and United States Supreme Court bars.


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).