Associate Professor of Law
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
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 Attorneys Office in Washington, D.C. While at the U.S. Attorneys 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.
Professor Bellin received the Walter Williams Jr. Memorial Teaching Award from the 2014 Graduating Class. 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.
- 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) (peer evaluated). 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, 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.