Mills E. Godwin, Jr., 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; Professional Responsibility
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 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.; and practiced with the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins.
Professor Bellin received a 2019 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty award, the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. In 2018, he received the law school’s McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching; in 2017, Professor Bellin was named a University Professor for Teaching Excellence (three-year term) upon the recommendation of a College-wide faculty search committee; and he received the Walter Williams Memorial Teaching Award from the 2014 graduating class. Professor Bellin was also awarded a Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence in 2015, and Cabell Research Professorships in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Professor Bellin’s legal writing is regularly cited in federal and state judicial opinions and scholarly commentary. He also contributes to the media, appearing frequently on Bloomberg Law Radio and Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (NPR). His commentary has been featured in numerous other media outlets, including CNN, ABC, USA Today, NPR, and the Washington Post.
In recent years, Professor Bellin has been called upon by the federal courts to investigate allegations of misconduct against federal judges. His report on one investigation formed the basis for a published opinion in a particularly high-profile case. See In re Charges of Judicial Misconduct, 769 F.3d 762 (D.C. Cir. 2014). He also serves on the National Center for State Courts’ Research Advisory Council.
- Criminal Procedure: The Investigation Process (2021) (with Adam M. Gershowitz).
- Criminal Procedure: The Adjudication Process (2020) (with Adam M. Gershowitz).
- Hearsay, vol. 30B, in Federal Practice & Procedure (Thomson Reuters 2017) (with Charles A. Wright). Online.
- The Virginia and Federal Rules of Evidence: A Concise Comparison with Commentary (2015). Online.
- The Evidence Rules that Convict the Innocent, 106 Cornell L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021). SSRN.
- Pure Privacy, Nw. U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021). SSRN.
- Defending Progressive Prosecution, 39 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 218 (2020). SSRN.
- Expanding the Reach of Progressive Prosecution, 110 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 707 (2020). SSRN.
- The Changing Role of the American Prosecutor, 18 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 329 (2020). SSRN.
- Theories of Prosecution, 108 Cal. L. Rev. 1203 (2020). SSRN.
- Fourth Amendment Textualism, 118 Mich. L. Rev. 233 (2019). SSRN.
- Policing the Admissibility of Body Camera Evidence, 87 Fordham L. Rev. 1425 (2019) (with Shevarma Pemberton). SSRN.
- The Power of Prosecutors, 94 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 171 (2019). SSRN.
- Reassessing Prosecutorial Power Through the Lens of Mass Incarceration, 116 Mich. L. Rev. 835 (2018). SSRN.
- The Silence Penalty, 103 Iowa L. Rev. 395 (2018). SSRN.
- The Right to Remain Armed, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1 (2015). SSRN.
- Trial by Google: Judicial Notice in the Information Age, 109 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Argument analysis: Torres v. Madrid, SCOTUSblog (2020). Online.
- Case Preview: Torres v. Madrid, SCOTUSblog (2020). Online.
- How Do We Know If Prosecutors Are Doing A Good Job?, Law360 (2019). Online.
- A First Step Toward Sentencing Reform, The Hill, Aug. 22, 2018 (Op-ed). Online.
- Waiting for Justice, Slate, Feb. 7, 2018 (Op-ed). Online.
- It's Too Easy to Push Minorities Off Juries, USA Today, Dec. 14, 2017 (Op-ed). Online.
- 'Serial' Should Release Bergdahl Interviews, USA Today, Aug. 30, 2016 (Op-ed). Online.
- Does the 'McConnell Principle' make sense?, CNN.com, Apr. 12, 2016 (Op-ed). Online.
- The Right Justice for a Divided Country, CNN.com, Mar. 18, 2016 (Op-ed). Online.
- How the Supreme Court can change politics as usual, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2016 (Op-ed). Online.
- Justice for the 1 Percent, Salon.com, Sept. 18, 2015 (Op-ed). Online.
- America's Public Corruption Problem, CNN.com, Apr. 7, 2015 (Op-ed). Online.
- A Key Lesson from the Garner and Ferguson Cases, CNN.com, Dec. 8, 2014 (Op-ed). Online.
- Presentation to the Federal Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence, 83 Fordham L. Rev. 1163, 1205 (2014) (Transcript of Remarks). Online.
- What the McDonnell Verdict Says About U.S. Politics, Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2014 (Op-ed). Online.
- The Case for eHearsay, 83 Fordham L. Rev. 1317 (2014) (symposium). SSRN.
- Modern Justice and the Bill of Rights, Daily Press, Aug. 3, 2013 (Op-ed). Online.
- Applying Crawford's Confrontation Right in a Digital Age, 45 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 33 (2012) (symposium article). SSRN.
- How ‘Duty to Retreat’ Became ‘Stand Your Ground, CNN.com, Mar. 21, 2012 (op-ed). Online.