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Michael Vitiello

Michael Vitiello

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


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Representative Scholarship


Joshua Dressler and "The Incident" - More Evidence of Liberal Bias?, Ohio State Cr. L. J. (forthcoming 2018).

Legalizing Marijuana: Lessons from the United States, Studi Senesi (forthcoming 2018).

Adultery: Infidelity and the Law, Criminal Justice Ethics (forthcoming 2017) (review essay of Deborah Rhode's book of that title).

Legalizing Marijuana: A View From Among the Weeds, 69 Hastings L. J. (forthcoming 2017) (co-authored with Rosemary Deck).  

Brock Turner: Sorting Through the Noise, 49 U. Pac. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017) (reprinted in Archivio Penale 2017, n. 2).   

Justice Scalia's Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence: An Unabashed Foe of Criminal Defendants, 50 Akron L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017).  

The False Dichotomy between Theory and Skills Training: Why Good Lawyers Need to Pay Attention to Theory, 48 U. Pac. L. Rev. 915 (2017).  

Bargained Justice:  Lessons from the Italians, 48 U. Pac. L. Rev. 247 (2017) (reprinted in Archivio Penale 2017, n. 2).  

Legalizing Marijuana and Abating Environmental Harm: An Overblown Promise?, 50 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 773 (2016).

Sentencing Policies and Practices in California, Oxford Handbooks Online, (New York: Oxford University Press 2015).

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)


Animating Civil Procedure (Carolina Academic Press 2017).

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

Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Criminal Procedure (Aspen Publishing Co. 2013).  

Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: In Trial and Appellate Courts (co-authored with Michael R. Fontham) (3d ed., Aspen Publishing Co. 2013).  

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

Courses: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

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