• Full-Time Faculty
  • Jennifer M. Collins

  • Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • Jennifer M. Collins

  • Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law

Jennifer M. Collins

Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law

  • Biography

    • Jennifer M. Collins is the Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law. She received her B.A., cum laude with Distinction in the Major (History) from Yale University in 1987, and her J.D., magna cum laude in 1991 from Harvard University, where she also served as an Editor for the Harvard Law Review.

      Prior to joining SMU, Dean Collins was a member of the law faculty at Wake Forest University since 2003. She most recently served as Vice Provost and Professor of Law. At Wake Forest, Dean Collins taught courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, family law, gender and the law, and career development and legal professionalism. She received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

      Dean Collins clerked for the Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit after graduating from Harvard Law School, and worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., before joining the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel as an attorney-adviser in 1993. She then served as Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 1994 to 2002, working in the homicide section for the last six of those years and prosecuting more than 30 jury trials. She returned to private practice in 2002 at Sidley Austin before moving to Wake Forest.

      She is the co-author of PRIVILEGE OR PUNISH?  CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CHALLENGE OF FAMILY TIES (authored with Dan Markel and Ethan Lieb), published by Oxford University Press in 2009. In addition, she has written many other law review articles and essays featured in Yale Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and more. Dean Collins’ scholarship is focused on issues involving families and the criminal justice system.
  • Education

    • B.A., cum laude with Distinction in the Major (History), Yale University
      J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University; Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review
       
  • Book Chapters

    • Criminal Law Comes Home to a Familyin CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (Paul Robinson, Stephen Garvey, Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, and Kimberly Ferzan, eds., Oxford University Press 2009)
       

       
  • Other Publications

    • Works in Progress

      Combatting Campus Crime:  The Challenge of the Campus Police
  • Presentations

    • Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties
      Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 2011)

      The Art of Making a Name for Oneself
      Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (August 2009)

      Fathers Who Kill Their Children
      Law and Society Association (May 2009)

      Eight is Enough
      Junior Family Law Professors Gathering (May 2009)

      Punishing Family Statue
      Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (May 2008)

      Co-Founder and Organizer
      Junior Family Law Professors’ Gathering (2007-2009)

      Lady Madonna, Children at Your Feet: How the Criminal Justice System Romanticizes the Parent-Child Relationship
      Faculty Workshops
      University of Miami School of Law and
      Wake Forest University School of Law

      Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties
      Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (July 2006)

      Co-Founder and Organizer
      Junior Criminal Law Professors’ Gathering
      George Washington University Law School (2005-2008)

      Crime and Parenthood: The Uneasy Case for Prosecuting Negligent Parents
      Faculty Workshops
      University of North Carolina School of Law and
      Wake Forest University School of Law (Fall 2004)
      May Gathering (May 2005)

      The USA PATRIOT ACT and Its Impact on Grand Jury Secrecy
      2003 Judicial Conference of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
      (December 2003)