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Michael Vitiello

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


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Representative Scholarship


Vitiello, Michael. "Sentencing Policies and Practices in California." In Oxford Handbooks Online, New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Justice Scalia's Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence:  An Unabashed Foe of Criminal Defendants (to appear in Akron Law Review 2017).

Bargained-for-Justice:  Lessons from the Italians (to appear in University of the Pacific Law Review 2017).

Legalizing Marijuana and Abating Environmental Harm:  An Overblown Promise? (to appear in UC Davis Law Review 2016).

Mass Incarceration:  Why are solutions so difficult in California? 16 Univ. of Maryland J. of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 229 (2015).

Teaching Oral Advocacy: Creating More Opportunities for an Essential Skill, 45 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1031 (2015).

Limiting Access to US Courts: The Supreme Court's New Personal Jurisdiction Case Law, 19 U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy 209 (2015). 

Reforming California Sentencing Practice and Policy:  Are We There Yet? 46 McGeorge L. Rev. 685 (2014).

Reflections on an Extraordinary Career: Thoughts about Gerald Caplan's Retirement, 46 McGeorge L. Rev. 459 (2014).

The Expanded Use of Genetic and Psychological Evidence:  Finding Coherence in the Criminal Law? 14 Nev. L. J. 897 (2014).

Making Good Use of a Crisis, 20 The Law Teacher 63 (2013).

Joints or the Joint:  Colorado and Washington Square off against the United States, 91 Or. L. Rev. 1009 (2013).

Michael Vitiello,"Chinese Homicide Law, Irrationality and Incremental Change," 27 Temple Intl & Comp L J 43 (2013) (with Cary Bricker).

Colorado and Washington’s Initiatives: Are They Moving Us Closer to Legalizing Pot? Or. L. Rev. (2013)

Still Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Sentencing Reform in California, Fed. Sent’g Rep. (2013).

Symposium, Why the Initiative Process is the Wrong Way to Go: Lessons We Should Have Learned from Proposition 215, McGeorge L. Rev. (2012)

Addressing the Special Problems of the Mentally Ill: Prisoners: A Small Piece of the Solution to Our Nation’s Prison Crisis, 88 Denv. L. Rev. 57 (2010).

Defining the Reasonable Person in the Criminal Law: Fighting the Lernaean Hydra, 14 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1435 (2010).

Legalizing Marijuana: California’s Pot of Gold?, 2009 Wis. L. Rev. 1349.

A Kiss Is Just a Kiss, or Is It? A Comparative Look at Italian and American Sex Crimes, 40 Seton Hall L. Rev. 191 (2010).

Herring v. United States: Mapp's "Artless" Overruling?, 10 Nev. L.J. 164 (2010).

Lies, Damn Lies and Claims of Judicial Activism, 14 NEXUS 55 (2009).

Punishing Sex Offenders: When Good Intentions Go Bad, 40 Ariz. St. L.J. 651 (2008).

Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: In Trial and Appellate Courts (Aspen, 2d. ed. 2007) (with Michael R. Fontham and David W. Miller);

"Liberal Bias in the Legal Academy: Overstated and Undervalued," 77 Miss. L. J. 507 (2007);

"Introduction, Symposium on Sentencing Guidelines and Practice in a Post-Booker World," 37 McGeorge L. Rev. 487-512 (2006);

"Teaching Effective Oral Argument Skills: Forget about the Drama Coach," 75 Miss. L. J. 869 (2006)


Bringing Civil Procedure to Life (Carolina Press, to be published in 2017)

Bridge to Practice Series, Criminal Law Simulations (co-authored with Emily Hughes)(West 2015)

Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Criminal Procedure (Aspen, 2013)

Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: In Trial and Appellate Courts, Third Edition (co-authored with Michael R. Fontham) (Aspen Publishing Co., 2013)

Bridge to Practice Series, Civil Procedure Simulations (West 2012)


Courses: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

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