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Susan Bandes

DePaul Law Professor Susan Bandes
Emeritus Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law

Susan Bandes is widely known as a scholar in the areas of federal jurisdiction, criminal procedure and civil rights, and more recently, as a pioneer in the emerging study of the role of emotion in law. Her legal career began in 1976 at the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. In 1980, she became staff counsel for the Illinois A.C.L.U., where she litigated a broad spectrum of civil rights cases, and helped draft and secure passage of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. She joined the DePaul faculty in 1984, and was named a distinguished research professor in 2003. She has received numerous awards from both the law school and the university for her teaching, scholarship and service. Her articles appear in, among others, the Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, Michigan and Southern California law reviews, as well as peer-reviewed journals including Law and Social Inquiry, Constitutional Commentary, and the Journal of Law, Culture and the Humanities. Her book on the role of emotion in law, The Passions of Law, was published by NYU Press in January 2000, and released in paperback in 2001. Bandes presents her work frequently at academic symposia and workshops, as well as to non-academic legal groups such as the American Constitution Society. Her recent pro bono activities include acting as co-reporter for the Constitution Projects bipartisan Death Penalty Initiative, which produced the report Mandatory Justice: Eighteen Reforms to the Death Penalty, and serving on the advisory board to the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justices study of the criminal justice system in Cook County, IL.


BA, State University of New York at Buffalo; JD University of Michigan


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2017 Compassion and the Rule of Law, 13 Int'l J. L. Context 184 (2017) string;#Click Here
2016 What Executioners Can -- And Cannot -- Teach Us About the Death Penalty, 35 Crim. Just. Ethics 183 (2016). string;#Click Here
2015 Empathy and Article III: Judge Weinstein, Cases and Controversies, 64 DePaul L. Rev. 317 (Clifford Symposium, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Taz and Empathy, 58 Howard L. J. 397 (2015) (symposium in honor of Andrew Taslitz). string;#Click Here
2015 Civil Liberties and the 'Imaginative Sustenance' of Jewish Culture, 16 Rutgers J. L. & Rel. 238 (2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Moral Shock and Legal Education, 65 J. Legal Educ. 298 (2015). string;#Click Here
2014 With Jessica Salerno, Emotion, Proof and Prejudice: The Cognitive Science of Gruesome Photos and Victim Impact Statements, 62 Arizona State L. J. 1003 (2014) string;#Click Here
2013 Remorse and Demeanor in the Courtroom: Cognitive Science and the Evaluation of Contrition (December 4, 2013). DePaul Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-05. string;#Click Here
2012 With Jeremy Blumenthal, Emotion and the Law, 8 Ann. Rev. L and Soc. Sci. 161 (2012) string;#Click Here
2011 The Lone Miscreant, The Self-Training Prosecutor, and Other Fictions: A Comment on Connick v. Thompson, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 715 (2011). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2011 And All the Pieces Matter: Thoughts on The Wire and the Criminal Justice System, 8 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 435 (2011). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2011 Moral Imagination in Judging, 51 Washburn L. J. 1 (2011). (Foulson-Siefkin lecture) string;#Click Here
2010 The Promise and Pitfalls of Neuroscience for Criminal Law and Procedure, 8 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 119 (2010). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2010 Is it Immoral to Punish the Heedless and Clueless? 29 L. and Phil. 443 (2010) string;#Click Here
2009 Foreword to Emotions in Context symposium, 33 Vermont Law Review 387 (2009) string;#Click Here
2009 Repellent Crimes and Rational Deliberation: Emotion and the Death Penalty, 33 Vt. L. Rev. 489 (2009). string;#Click Here
2009 Empathetic Judging and the Rule of Law, 2009 Cardozo L. Rev. De Novo 133 (2009). string;#Click Here
2009 Victims, ‘Closure,’ and the Sociology of Emotion, 72 Law and Contemporary Problems, 1 (2009), (Symposium: Group Conflict Resolution: Sources of Resistance to Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation). string;#Click Here
2008 Child Rape, Moral Outrage, and the Death Penalty, 103 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 117 (2008). string;#Click Here
2008 Emotions, Values, and the Construction of Risk, 156 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 421 (2008). string;#Click Here
2008 Framing Wrongful Convictions, 2008 Utah Law Review 5 (Symposium: Beyond Biology: Wrongful Convictions in the Post-DNA World). string;#Click Here
2007 We Lost it at the Movies: The Rule of Law Goes from Washington to Hollywood and Back Again, 40 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. 621 (2007) (Symposium: Access to Justice: Law and Popular Culture). string;#Click Here
2007 When Freedom of Information Came to Illinois, 75 UMKC L. Rev. 1145 (2007) string;#Click Here
2007 The Lessons of Capturing the Friedmans: Moral Panic, Institutional Denial, and Due Process, 3 The Journal of Law, Culture and Humanities 93 (2007). string;#Click Here
2006 Judging, Politics and Accountability: A Reply to Charles Geyh, 56 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 947 (2006). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2006 Loyalty to One’s Convictions: The Prosecutor and Tunnel Vision, 49 How. L. J. 475 (2006). string;#Click Here
2006 Repression and Denial in Criminal Lawyering. 9 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 339 (2006). string;#Click Here
2004 Fear Factor: The Role of Media in Covering and Shaping the Death Penalty, 1 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 585 (2004). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2004 Introduction, Race to Execution Symposium, 53 DePaul L. Rev. 1403 (2004). string;#Click Here
2003 Not Enough Blame to Go Around: Reflections on Requiring Purposeful Government Misconduct, 68 Brook. L. Rev. 1195 (2003) (Symposium: Responsibility and Blame: Psychological and Legal Perspectives) string;#Click Here
2003 Fear and Degradation in Alabama: The Emotional Subtext of University of Alabama v. Garrett, 5 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 520 (2003) (21st Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Law School: Suing the Government: Velazquez and Beyond). string;#Click Here
2002 Power, Privacy, and Thermal Imaging, 86 Minnesota L. Rev 1379 (2002). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2002 Treaties, Sovereign Immunity, and the Plan of the Convention, 42 Va. J. Int'l L. 743 (2002). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2001 Tracing the Pattern of No Pattern: Stories of Police Brutality, 34 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 665 (2001). string;#Click Here
2001 What’s Love Got to Do With It?, 8 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 97 (2001). (Symposium in honor of Susan Bandes, The Passions of Law) string;#Click Here
2001 Erie and the History of the One True Federalism, 110 Yale L. J. 829 (2001). string;#Click Here
2000 Running Away With the Circus: Untapping the Subversive Potential of Civil Litigation’s Narratives, 50 DePaul L. Rev. 575 (2000). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
2000 When Victims Seek Closure: Forgiveness, Vengeance, and the Role of Government, 27 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1599 (2000). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
1999 Patterns of Injustice: Police Brutality in the Courts, 47 Buff. L. Rev. 1275 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 Terry v. Ohio in Hindsight: The Perils of Predicting the Past, 16 Const. Comment. 491 (1999). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
1999 Introduction: The Emperor’s New Clothes, 48 DePaul L. Rev. 619 (1999). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
1999 The Rooker-Feldman Doctrine: Evaluating its Jurisdictional Status, 74 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1175 (1999). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
1999 Reply to Paul Cassell: What We Know About Victim Impact Statements, 1999 Utah L. Rev. 545 (1999). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
1999 Victim Standing, 1999 Utah L. Rev. 331 (1999). (Symposium) string;#Click Here
1998 Lawyering Up, 2 The Green Bag 2d 5 (1998) (with Jack Beermann). string;#Click Here
1996 Empathy, Narrative, and Victim Impact Statements, 63 U. Chi. L. Rev. 361 (1996). string;#Click Here
1996 Simple Murder: A Comment on the Legality of Executing the Innocent, 44 Buff. L. Rev. 501 (1996) (Symposium: The New York Death Penalty in Context). string;#Click Here
1996 Reply to Daniel Polsby, 44 Buffalo Law Review 537 (1996) (Symposium: The New York Death Penalty in Context). string;#Click Here
1995 Reinventing Bivens: The Self-Executing Constitution, 68 S. Cal. L. Rev. 289 (1995). string;#Click Here
1995 The Federalization of State Law, 44 DePaul L. Rev. 715 (1995) (symposium). string;#Click Here
1993 Taking Justice to its Logical Extreme: A Comment on Teague v. Lane, 66 S. Cal. L. Rev. 2453 (1993) (symposium: The Future of Habeas Corpus: Reflections on Teague v. Lane and Beyond). string;#Click Here
1990 The Negative Constitution: A Critique, 88 Mich. L. Rev. 2271 (1990). string;#Click Here
1990 The Idea of a Case, 42 Stan. L. Rev. 227 (1990). string;#Click Here
1987 Taking Some Rights Too Seriously: The State’s Right to a Fair Trial, 60 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1019 (1987). string;#Click Here
1986 Monell, Parratt, Daniels and Davidson: Distinguishing a Custom or Policy from a Random, Unauthorized Act, 72 Iowa L. Rev. 101 (1986). string;#Click Here
1983 The Insanity Defense: A Practical Guide, 6 Trial Dipl. J. 22 (1983). string;#


2000 The Passions of Law (ed., NYU Press, 2000) (also available in paperback, 2001). string;#

Book Chapters

2016 Share Your Grief But Not Your Anger: Victims and the Expression of Emotion in Criminal Justice, in Emotional Expression: Philosophical, Psychological, and Legal Perspectives (Joel Smith and Catharine Abell eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016) string;#Click Here
2015 Empathy, Narrative and Victim Impact Statements, in Nussbaum and Law (Robin West ed., Ashgate 2015) string;#
2015 Remorse and Demeanor in the Courtroom: The Cognitive Science of Evaluating Contrition, in The Integrity of Criminal Process: From Theory into Practice (Hunter, Roberts, Young and Dixon eds., Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Law and Emotion, in 213 Int'l Encyclopedia Soc. & Behav. Sci. (James D. Wright ed., Elsevier 2nd ed. 2015) string;#
2013 Emotion and Deliberation: The Autonomous Citizen in the Social World, in NOMOS LIII, Passions and Emotions (NYU Press 2013) string;#
2013 Emotions and Risk Regulation, in 62 Stud. in L., Pol., & Soc. 219 (Austin Sarat ed., 2013) string;#
2013 The Problems of “Quality of Life Policing” for the Fourth Amendment, in The Constitution in 2020: The Future of Criminal Procedure (Parry and Richardson eds 2013). string;#
2008 The Heart has its Reasons: Examining the Strange Persistence of the American Death Penalty, 42 Studies in Law, Politics and Society 21 (Austin Sarat ed. 2008). string;#Click Here
2005 Entry on the Eleventh Amendment, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2d ed., Oxford University Press, 2005). string;#
1999 With Stuart M. Jay, Justiciability, in 1999 Federal Appellate Jurisdiction: Its Elements and Its Evolving Content (Federal Judicial Center, 1999). string;#

Book Reviews

2018 All Bathwater, No Baby: Expressive Theories of Punishment and the Death Penalty, 116 Mich. L. Rev. 905 (2018) (reviewing Steiker and Steiker, Courting Death). string;#Click Here
2007 Book Review, Chi. Daily L. Bull. (April 25, 2007) (reviewing Geoffrey Stone, War and Liberty (2007)). string;#
2003 Searching for Worlds Beyond the Canon: Narrative, Rhetoric, and Legal Change, 28 Law and Social Inquiry 271 (2003) (reviewing Anthony Amsterdam and Jerome Bruner, Minding the Law). string;#Click Here
1998 We the People, and Our Enduring Values, 96 Mich. L. Rev. 1376 (1998) (reviewing Akhil Reed Amar, The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles). string;#Click Here
1996 The Jury System as a Leap of Faith, 46 J. Legal Educ. 114 (1996) (reviewing Jeffrey Abramson, We, The Jury, and Stephen J. Adler, The Jury). string;#Click Here


2018 Why Behavioral Reforms are More Likely than Implicit Bias Training to Reduce Racial Conflicts in U.S. Policing (with Jill Swencionis and Phillip Atiba Goff), Scholars Strategy Network. string;#Click Here
2016 Inaction of Chicago police reform, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (Jan. 19, 2016, 12:00 AM). string;#Click Here
2016 Why 1 in 3 Lawyers Are Problem Drinkers, The National Law Journal (February 29, 2016). string;#Click Here
2016 Remorse in the Courtroom is a Tricky Thing to Judge, Philadelphia Inquirer (Feb. 7, 2016) string;#Click Here
2016 Get Ready for “Umpire” Myth after Scalia’s Death, Chi. Sun-Times (Feb. 15, 2016). string;#
2016 Lecture at Washington and Lee University: Empathy, Compassion and the Rule of Law (Apr. 11, 2016). string;#Click Here
2016 What Are Victim-Impact Statements For?, The Atlantic (Jul. 23, 2016). string;#Click Here
2015 The Arrest Power Unchained, Jotwell (July 13, 2015) (reviewing Eisha Jain, Arrests as Regulation, 67 Stan. L. Rev. 809 (2015)) string;#Click Here
2015 Chicago Must Acknowledge Patterns of Police Misconduct, GAPERS BLOCK (Dec. 7, 2015). string;#Click Here
2015 “It is an open secret long shared by prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges that perjury is widespread among law enforcement officers”: Why judges so rarely second-guess police testimony, SALON (Dec. 16, 2015, 6:57 AM). string;#Click Here
2013 What Does it Feel Like to be a Lawyer? Jotwell (April 16, 2013) (reviewing Susannah Sheffer, Fighting for their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys (Vanderbilt University Press 2013)) string;#Click Here
2011 "Power Lies in the Emotion." New York Times, 4 Mar. 2011. Web. 07 Mar. 2011. . string;#Click Here
2010 Streaming Video: The Exclusionary Rule under the Roberts Court, held by West Virginia University College of Law (March 12, 2010). string;#Click Here
2010 Appearance on NPR: TV's Most Accurate Portrayal of Miranda string;#Click Here
2003 Audio tape: Conference on Media and Criminal Justice, held by the Association of American Law Schools (Meeting) (2003). string;#