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Prof. Douglas Berman

Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Professor Berman is the sole creator and author of the widely-read and widely-cited blog, Sentencing Law and Policy, which he describes as a form of “scholarship in action.” His work on the blog has been profiled or discussed at length in articles appearing in the Wall Street JournalLegal Affairs magazine, Lawyers Weekly USA,Legal TimesColumbus Monthly, and in numerous other print and online publications. In addition, Sentencing Law and Policy has the distinction of being the first blog cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (for a document appearing exclusively on the site), and substantive analysis in particular blog posts has been cited in numerous appellate and district court rulings, in many briefs submitted to federal and state courts around the country, and in dozens of law review articles.

Professor Douglas A. Berman graduated from Harvard Law School in 1993. After clerking for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he was a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison in New York City. Professor Berman’s principal teaching and research focus is in the area of criminal law and criminal sentencing. In addition to authoring numerous publications on topics ranging from capital punishment to the federal sentencing guidelines, Professor Berman has served as an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter for more than a decade, and also now serves as co-managing editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.


Education

  • A.B., Princeton University
  • J.D., Harvard Law School

Publications

Controversial Sentencing in the Antwuan Ball Case - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
April 18, 2014
Is Eric Holder Right About Mandatory Minimums? - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
September 3, 2013

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