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Jelani Jefferson Exum

Jelani Jefferson Exum


AND Professor of Law

Office: LC 2002E
Campus Phone: 419.530.2911
Fax Number: 419.530.7911
Secretary: Mary Lynn Valdes-Dapena; 419.530.2882

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Jelani Jefferson Exum joined the College of Law faculty, with tenure, in 2011. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. Prior to joining the UT Law faculty, she was an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law and a visiting associate professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Professor Exum has also been a Forrester Fellow and Instructor in Legal Writing at Tulane Law School. Before joining academia, Professor Exum served as a law clerk for the Honorable James L. Dennis, United States Circuit Judge for the for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Criminal Procedure, Federal Sentencing, and Race and American Law. Professor Exum mainly writes in the area of sentencing law and policy, but her research interests also include comparative criminal law and procedure and the impact of race on criminal justice.

Professor Exum's CV

Professor Exum's SSRN Page

Selected Publications

Should Death Be So Different?: Sentencing Purposes and Capital Jury Decisions in an Era of Smart on Crime Sentencing Reform, 70 Ark. L. Rev. 227 (2017).

The Death Penalty on the Streets: What the Eighth Amendment Can Teach Us About Regulating Police Force, 80 Mo Law Rev. 987 (Fall 2015)

Forget Sentencing Equality: Moving from the "Cracked" Cocaine Debate Toward Particular Purpose Sentencing, 18 Lewis & Clark Law Review 95 (2014).

Reflections of a First-Time Expert Witness, 26 Federal Sentencing Reporter 115 (December 2013).

Making the Punishment Fit the (Computer) Crime: Rebooting Notions of Possession for the Federal Sentencing of Child Pornography Offenses, XVI Richmond Journal of Law & Technology 8 (2010).

Last Updated: 8/27/18