Introducing Guest Blogger Amanda Pustilnik

I am thrilled to introduce my colleague Amanda C. Pustilnik who will be guest blogging with us this month.  Before I get started on her formal introduction, I wanted to let our readers know that we are in for a serious intellectual treat.  Professor Pustilnik has an ever-creative mind–her scholarship and thinking always teach me something fascinating.  So here’s her background: Professor Pustilnik is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Law & Neuroscience. Her current research includes work on models of mind in criminal law, evidentiary issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory, and the role of pain in different legal domains. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she was a Climenko fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation with Covington & Burling and with Sullivan & Cromwell, where she focused on white collar criminal matters. Professor Pustilnik also clerked for the Hon. Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated Yale Law School and Harvard College, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, in the History and Philosophy of Science department. Professor Pustilnik has also worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and is a member of the board of directors of the John Harvard Scholarships.

Her recent scholarship includes:

Pain as Fact and Heuristic: How Pain Neuroimaging Illuminates Moral Dimensions of Law, 97 Cornell Law Review (forthcoming 2012).

Violence on the Brain: A Critique of Neuroscience in Criminal Law, 44 Wake Forest Law Review 183 (2009).

Prisons of the Mind: Social Value and Economic Inefficiency in the Criminal Justice Response to Mental Illness, 96 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 217 (2006).

Book Review, Broad, Deep & Indirect: The Potential Influence of Neuroscience in Law, 2 Biosocieties 357 (2006) (reviewing Michael S. Gazzaniga, The Ethical Brain (2006)).


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