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Michael Vitiello

Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., Swarthmore College
J.D., University of Pennsylvania


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Michael Vitiello is a Distinguished Professor of Law. A nationally-recognized expert on criminal law, Professor Vitiello's many articles appear in leading journals, and his work is widely cited by scholars around the country. He is particularly well-known for his expertise on matters involving sentencing reform, and his analysis of the legal issues that would arise from the legalization of marijuana.

Professor Vitiello clerked for three years for Judge J. Sydney Hoffman of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the state’s intermediate appellate court. He taught at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans for more than a decade and has also been a visiting professor of law at Tulane University and the University of Mississippi. While at Loyola, he helped establish the Loyola Death Penalty Resource Center, a federally funded institute. Professor Vitiello also was involved in pro bono litigation in Louisiana on behalf of appellants and indigent defendants. His law review articles have appeared in journals at schools such as Ohio State, Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley and have been widely cited by scholars around the country. He and Professor Miller are the co-authors (with Michael Fontham) on two editions of Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: In Trial and Appellate Courts and three companion case file books. Professor Vitiello was elected to the American Law Institute in 2002. He has been active in the campaign to reform California’s Three Strikes Law and California’s sentencing laws.

Courses: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

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