Brandon Garrett

Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law

Brandon Garrett

Brandon Garrett is the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law at University of Virginia’s School of Law. His research on the criminal justice system has ranged from the lessons to be learned from cases where innocent people were exonerated by DNA tests, to research on false confessions, forensics, and eyewitness memory, to the difficult compromises that prosecutors reach when targeting the largest corporations in the world.

Garrett’s latest book, Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, takes readers into a complex, compromised world of backroom deals, for an unprecedented look at what happens when criminal charges are brought against a major company in the United States. It is currently being translated in Taiwan and Spain. In 2013, Foundation Press published a casebook “Federal Habeas Corpus: Executive Detention and Post-Conviction Litigation,” that Garrett co-authored with Lee Kovarsky. In 2011, the Harvard University Press published Garrett’s book, “Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong,” where he examines the cases of the first 250 people to be exonerated by DNA testing. That book was the subject of a symposium issue in New England Law Review, and received an A.B.A. Silver Gavel Award, Honorable Mention, and a Constitutional Commentary Award. It is has been translated in Japan and Taiwan.

Garrett’s work has been cited by courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, state supreme courts, and courts in other countries, such as the Supreme Courts of Canada and Israel. Garrett frequently speaks about criminal justice matters before legislative and policymaking bodies, groups of practicing lawyers, law enforcement, and to local and national media. He attended Columbia Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. After graduating, he clerked for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then worked as an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin LLP in New York City.

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