William & Mary
Jeffrey Bellin

Jeffrey Bellin

University Professor for Teaching Excellence
Degrees: J.D., Stanford Law School; B.A., Columbia University
Email: [[jbellin]]
Office phone: (757) 221-7364
Office location: Room 210
Areas of Specialization

Constitutional Law--4th, 5th, 6th Amendments; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure Law; Evidence; Law and Technology

Teaching Interests

Evidence; Criminal Procedure; Criminal Law; Criminal Justice Seminar

Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Jeffrey Bellin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University (summa cum laude) and his law degree from Stanford Law School (order of the coif). After graduating from law school, Professor Bellin clerked for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Following his clerkship, Professor Bellin served as a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he argued a number of significant cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals. Professor Bellin subsequently practiced with the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins where he handled complex litigation matters, and served as a senior attorney for the California Courts of Appeal.

In 2013 and 2014, Professor Bellin served as Special Counsel to a Committee of the Judicial Council of the D.C. Circuit investigating, on the Council’s behalf, a high-profile misconduct allegation against a prominent federal judge. Professor Bellin’s report on the matter provided the factual basis for two opinions issued by the federal courts. See In re Charges of Judicial Misconduct, 769 F.3d 762 (D.C. Cir. 2014).

Recently described as “the foremost scholar on the topic of electronic evidence,” 83 Fordham L. Rev. at 1166, Professor Bellin presented his proposal for a new hearsay exception tailored to electronic communication to the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence in 2014. Professor Bellin’s presentation was published along with a memorandum by the Committee Reporter evaluating the proposed hearsay exception in the December 2014 issue of the Fordham Law Review.

Professor Bellin received the Walter Williams Jr. Memorial Teaching Award from the 2014 Graduating Class, and the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence in 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at William & Mary, Professor Bellin was an Assistant Professor at the Southern Methodist University School of Law where he was awarded the Don M. Smart Award for Excellence in Teaching by the 2012 graduating class. His legal commentary has been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN.com, ABC Nightline, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR.

In the News
  • Op-ed, 'Serial' Should Release Bergdahl Interviews, USA Today, Aug. 30, 2016. Online.
  • Op-ed, Does the 'McConnell Principle' make sense?, CNN.com, Apr. 12, 2016. Online.
  • Op-ed, The Right Justice for a Divided Country, CNN.com, Mar. 18, 2016. Online.
  • Op-ed, How the Supreme Court can change politics as usual, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2016. Online.
  • Op-ed, Justice for the 1 Percent, Salon.com, Sept. 18, 2015. Online.
  • Op-ed, America's Public Corruption Problem, CNN.com, Apr. 7, 2015. Online.
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    Scholarly Publications
    • Co-author, Treatise, Hearsay, vol. 30, in Federal Practice & Procedure (forthcoming 2017) (with Charles A. Wright).
    • The Virginia and Federal Rules of Evidence: A Concise Comparison with Commentary (2015). Online.
    • Reassessing Prosecutorial Power Through the Lens of Mass Incarceration, 116 Mich. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017). SSRN.
    • The Silence Penalty, 103 Iowa L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017). SSRN.
    • The Right to Remain Armed, 93 Washington Univ. L. Rev. 1 (2015). SSRN.
    • Co-author, Trial by Google: Judicial Notice in the Information Age, 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1137 (2014) (with Andrew Ferguson). SSRN.
    • Attorney Competence in an Age of Plea Bargaining and Econometrics, 12 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 153 (2014). SSRN.
    • Symposium, The Case for eHearsay, 83 Fordham L. Rev. 1317 (2014). SSRN.
    • The Inverse Relationship between the Constitutionality and Effectiveness of New York City 'Stop and Frisk', 94 B.U. L. Rev. 1495 (2014). SSRN.
    • eHearsay, 98 Minn. L. Rev. 7 (2013). SSRN.
    • Symposium, Applying Crawford's Confrontation Right in a Digital Age, 45 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 33 (2012). SSRN.
    • Facebook, Twitter, and the Uncertain Future of Present Sense Impressions, 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. 331 (2012). SSRN.
    • The Incredible Shrinking Confrontation Clause, 92 B.U. L. Rev. 1865 (2012). SSRN.
    • Crime-Severity Distinctions and the Fourth Amendment: Reassessing Reasonableness in a Changing World, 97 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (2011). SSRN.
    • Co-author, Widening Batson's Net to Ensnare More Than the Unapologetically Bigoted or Painfully Unimaginative Attorney, 96 Cornell L. Rev. 1075 (2011) (with Junichi Semitsu). SSRN.
    • Is Punishment Relevant After All? A Prescription for Informing Juries of the Consequences of Conviction, 90 B.U. L. Rev. 2223 (2010). SSRN.
    • Reconceptualizing the Fifth Amendment Prohibition of Adverse Comment on Criminal Defendants' Trial Silence, 71 Ohio St. L.J. 229 (2010). SSRN.
    • Circumventing Congress: How the Federal Courts Opened the Door to Impeaching Criminal Defendants with Prior Convictions, 42 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 289 (2008). SSRN.
    • Improving the Reliability of Criminal Trials Through Legal Rules that Encourage Defendants to Testify, 76 U. Cin. L. Rev. 851 (2008). SSRN.
    • The Significance (if Any) for the Federal Criminal Justice System of Advances in Lie Detector Technology, 80 Temp. L. Rev. 711 (2007). SSRN.
    • Op-ed, The Limits of Prosecutorial Power, The Marshall Project, May 2, 2017. Online.
    • Op-ed, How the Supreme Court can change politics as usual, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2016. Online.
    • Op-ed, Justice for the 1 Percent, Salon.com, Sept. 18, 2015. Online.
    • Op-ed, America's Public Corruption Problem, CNN.com, Apr. 7, 2015. Online.
    • Op-ed, A Key Lesson from the Garner and Ferguson Cases, CNN.com, Dec. 8, 2014. Online.
    • Presentation to the Federal Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence, 83 Fordham L. Rev. 1163, 1205 (2014) (Transcript of Remarks).
    • Op-ed, What the McDonnell Verdict Says About U.S. Politics, Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2014. Online.
    • Op-ed, Modern Justice and the Bill of Rights, Daily Press, Aug. 3, 2013. Online.
    • Op-ed, How ‘Duty to Retreat’ Became ‘Stand Your Ground, CNN.com, Mar. 21, 2012. Online.

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