Introducing Guest Blogger Thomas Clancy

clancy-thomas.jpgI’m delighted to that Professor Thomas Clancy will be joining us as a guest blogger this month.

Thomas is Director or the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law (NCJRL) and Research Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law. As the initial permanent Director of the NCJRL at Ole Miss, Thomas created the Center’s programs, which include: the Cyber Crime Initiative, which helps state governments through training and model programs designed to attack computer-related crime; the Fourth Amendment Initiative, which promotes awareness of search and seizure principles through conferences, training, and support for selected publications; the Prosecution Externship Program, which provides specialized course-work and real-world training for law students in the duties and responsibilities of prosecutors; and the Criminal Appeals Program, which provides law students with intensive training representing on appeal persons convicted of crimes.

In addition to Ole Miss, he has taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law, the University of Hawaii School of Law, the University of Maryland School of Law, the Washington College of Law at American University, and at Vermont Law School. His subjects have included Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I & II, Fourth Amendment Seminar, Criminal Justice, and Constitutional Law. Thomas has more than 25 years of legal experience, including serving as Chief of the Post Conviction Unit in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County, Maryland and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland in the Criminal Appeals Division. He has briefed and argued over 900 criminal appeals cases and has extensive trial and post conviction litigation experience. He has written more than a dozen articles devoted to the Fourth Amendment and is author of the treatise, The Fourth Amendment: Its History and Interpretation (Carolina Academic Press 2008). He lectures frequently at judicial, law enforcement, and other conferences on search and seizure, cybercrime, and other criminal law and procedure topics.

Thomas is a cum laude graduate of Vermont Law School and received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

* The Fourth Amendment: Its History and Interpretation (Carolina Academic Press 2008)

* The Irrelevancy of the Fourth Amendment in the Roberts Court (forthcoming 2009)

* The Fourth Amendment as a Collective Right (forthcoming 2009)

* What Constitutes a Search within the Meaning of the Fourth Amendment, 70 ALBANY L. REV. 1 (2006)

* Hints of the Future?: John Roberts Jr.’s Fourth Amendment Cases as an Appellate Judge, 35 U. BALT. L. REV. 185 (2006)

* The Fourth Amendment Aspects of Computer Searches and Seizures: A Perspective and a Primer, 75 MISS. L.J. 193 (2005)

* The Fourth Amendment’s Concept of Reasonableness, 2004 UTAH. L. REV. 977 (2004)

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