Janet C. Hoeffel

Visiting Professor
Curriculum Vitae

Contact

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

Education

B.A., cum laude, Princeton University, 1985
J.D., Order of the Coif, Stanford University, 1990

Specializations

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Evidence
Death Penalty Law

Biography

Janet (Jancy) Hoeffel specializes in criminal law and procedure, death penalty law and evidence. Her prior work experience includes six years as a public defender for the District of Columbia, where she practiced both trial and appellate advocacy, and as a litigator with a firm in Denver, Colorado.

Her scholarly work has focused on the constitutional regulations of discretionary actors in the criminal justice system. Recent publications relate to pretrial disclosure of exculpatory evidence for criminal defendants, "Activating a Brady Pretrial Duty to Disclose Favorable Information: From the Mouths of Supreme Court Justices to Practice," 38 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE (forthcoming 2014); the lessons of death penalty law for juvenile transfers, "The Jurisprudence of Death and Youth: Now the Twain Should Meet," 46 TEX. TECH. L. REV. 29 (2013); and the border search exception to the Fourth Amendment, "Fear and Loathing at the U.S. Border," 82 MISS. L. J. 833 (2013). She also recently co-authored two casebooks and a hornbook on criminal investigative and adjudicative procedure.

Hoeffel joined the Tulane Law School faculty in 1999 and served as vice dean from 2009-2012. She received the Felix Frankfurter Award for Distinguished Teaching, the law school's most prestigious teaching honor, from the Class of 2005. She was one of eight law professors invited to participate in an Innovation Summit on improving assessment tools for law students in 2013.

Hoeffel also has served on the Louisiana Public Defender Board, where she rewrote the statewide practice standards for criminal defense attorneys, and the boards of the Innocence Project, the Capital Appeals Project and the Promise of Justice Initiative. She has served as an expert witness on the death penalty and on effective assistance of counsel, testified before the Louisiana legislature and frequently given expert commentary for news media.

Publications

CASEBOOKS AND HORNBOOKS

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: INVESTIGATIVE - A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (Interactive Casebook Series) (with Weaver, Burkoff, Hancock, Friedland & Singer) (West 6th ed. 2015).

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: ADJUDICATIVE - A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (Interactive Casebook Series) (with Weaver, Burkoff, Hancock, Friedland & Singer) (West 6th ed. 2015).

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: ADJUDICATIVE PROCESSES, CASES, PROBLEMS AND EXERCISES (with Weaver, Burkoff, Hancock, Friedland & Singer) (West 5th ed. 2013).

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: INVESTIGATIVE PROCESSES, CASES, PROBLEMS AND EXERCISES (with Weaver, Burkoff, Hancock, Friedland & Singer) (West 5th ed. 2013).

PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (Concise Hornbook Series) (with Weaver, Burkoff, Hancock, Friedland & Singer) (West 5th ed. 2014).

ARTICLES

Janet C. Hoeffel & Stephen I. Singer, Elections, Power and Local Control: Reining in Chief Prosecutors and Sheriffs, 15 U. MD. L.J. RACE, RELIGION, GENDER & CLASS --- (forthcoming 2016).

Janet C. Hoeffel & Stephen I. Singer, Activating a Brady Pretrial Duty to Disclose Favorable Information: From the Mouths of Supreme Court Justices to Practice, 38 New York University Review of Law and Social Change 467 (2015).

Janet C. Hoeffel, The Jurisprudence of Death and Youth: Now the Twain Should Meet, 46 Texas Tech Law Review 29 (2013).

Janet C. Hoeffel & Stephen I. Singer, Fear and Loathing at the U.S., 82 Mississippi Law Journal 833 (2013).

Janet C. Hoeffel, The Roberts Court's Failed Innocence Project, 85 Chicago-Kent Law Review 43 (2010).

Janet C. Hoeffel, Toward a More Robust Right to Counsel of Choice, 44 San Diego Law Review 525 (2007).

Janet C. Hoeffel, Deconstructing the Cultural Evidence Debate, 17 Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 303 (2006).

Janet C. Hoeffel, Prosecutorial Discretion at the Core: The Good Prosecutor Meets Brady, 109 Penn. State Law Review 1133 (2005).

Janet C. Hoeffel, Risking the Eighth Amendment: Arbitrariness, Juries, and Discretion in Capital Cases, 46 Boston College Law Review 771 (2005).

Janet C. Hoeffel, The Sixth Amendment's Lost Clause: Unearthing Compulsory Process, 2002 Wisconsin Law Review 1275.

Janet C. Hoeffel, The Gender Gap: Revealing Inequities in Admission of Social Science Evidence in Criminal Cases, 24 University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Review 41 (2001).

OTHER

Janet C. Hoeffel, Teaching to the Test, 10 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 647 (2013). 

Janet C. Hoeffel, Note, The Dark Side of DNA Profiling: Unreliable Scientific Evidence Meets the Criminal Defendant, 42 Stanford Law Review 465 (1990).

Janet C. Hoeffel, Tribute: In Memory of John Kaplan, 42 Stanford Law Review 852 (1990).