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, W&L Law School, 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 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 is the executive director of Decriminalize the Code, a non-profit organization that strives to engage law students in movement lawyering by identifying statutory crimes that often result in violent encounters with law enforcement and to lobby legislatures for decriminalization. Her scholarship focuses on mental illness in criminal law and police reform.

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).