Lissa Griffin

  • Professor of Law
Preston Hall 320
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Assistant: Judy Jaeger
Preston 312
(914) 422-4292


BA, University of Michigan
Law Clerkship 1973-77

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Professor Lissa Griffin is an expert in criminal procedure and comparative criminal procedure. She has written extensively on criminal law, wrongful convictions and comparative criminal procedure issues. She helped design and teaches Pace Law School's 2nd year skills course. Prior to coming to Pace, Professor Griffin was involved in criminal and civil appellate litigation privately and with the Legal Aid Society. She is the author of two treatises: Federal Criminal Appeals and Multidefendant Criminal Cases: Federal Law and Procedure. She teaches Criminal Procedure, Comparative Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating, and has taught in the London Law Program.




"Ministers of Justice and Mass Incarceration," (with Ellen R. Yaroshefsky), 30 Georgetown J. Leg. Ethics 301 (Spring 2017).

"Forensic Evidence and the Court of Appeal for England and Wales," 4 British J. Amer. Legal Studies 619 (2015).

"International Perspectives on Correcting Wrongful Convictions: The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission," 21 William & Mary Bill of Rts. J. 1153 (2013).

"Pretrial Procedures for Innocent People: Reforming Brady," 56 New York Law School Law Review 969 (2011/12).

"Changes to the Culture of Adversarialness: Endorsing Candor, Cooperation, and Civility in Relationships Between Prosecutors and Defense Counsel," 38 Hastings Const. L. Quarterly 845 (Summer 2011) (with Stacy Caplow).

"Untangling Double Jeopardy in Mixed-Verdict Cases," 63 SMU Law Review 1033 (2010).

"Megan’s Law and Sarah’s Law: A Comparative Study of Sex Offender Community Notification Schemes in the United States and the United Kingdom," 46 Criminal Law Bulletin 987 (2010) (with Kate Blacker).

"Correcting Injustice: Studying How the United Kingdom and the United States Review Claims of Innocence," 41 University of Toledo Law Review 107 (Fall 2009).

"Avoiding Wrongful Convictions: Re-examining the 'Wrong-person' Defense," 39 Seton Hall Law Review 129 (2009)

"Is Silence Sacred? The Vulnerability of Griffin v. California in a Terrorist World," 15 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 927 (2007).

“‘Which One of You Did It?’ Criminal Liability for ‘Causing or Allowing’ the Death of a Child,” 15 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 89 (2004).

Two Sides of the ‘Sargasso Sea’: Successive Prosecution for the ‘Same Offence’ in the United States and the United Kingdom ,” 37 University of Richmond Law Review 471 (2003).

"The Correction of Wrongful Convictions: A Comparative Perspective," 16 American University International Law Review 5 (2001).

"Teaching Upperclass Writing: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask," 34 Gonzaga L. Rev. 45 (1998/99).

"The Right to Effective Assistance of Appellate Counsel," 97 Western Virginia Law Review 1 (1994).


Multidefendant Criminal Cases: Federal Law and Procedure, with Stacy Caplow  (West Group, 1998).

New York Appellate Practice. Written by Thomas R. Newman with the assistance of Louis G. Adolfsen, Lissa Griffin, and Ignatius Melito. New York: Matthew Bender, 1985.

Handbook for Advanced Appellate Advocacy (1991)

Federal Criminal Appeals Deerfield, Ill.: Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1991 (with annual updates).