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Linda R. Meyer

Professor of Law

BA, University of Kansas; JD, PhD, University of California Berkeley

School of Law


LAWS 113

Criminal Law - Law Fall 2018

LAWS 110

Constitutional Law - Law Spring 2019

LAWS 337

Jurisprudence - Law Fall 2018

LAWS 357

Federal Courts - Law Fall 2018


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Linda Ross Meyer came to the faculty in 1994 from Vanderbilt Law School, where she taught for two years after clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the United States Supreme Court. Her publications and interests are primarily in criminal law and legal theory and she is the author of The Justice of Mercy (Univ. Mich. Press, 2010). She enjoys hiking, birding, kayaking, playing tennis, singing, and writing for children.

Selected Publications

Publications are linked below.

"The Merciful State," in Forgiveness, Mercy and Clemency, (Austin Sarat and Nasser Hussain, eds., 2007)

Forgiveness and Public Trust, 27 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1515 (2000).

Nothing We Say Matters: Teague and New Rules, 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 423 (1994)

Catastrophe: Plowing Up the Ground of Reason, in Law and Catastrophe, (Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey, eds. 2007)

When Reasonable Minds Differ, 71 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1467 (1996)

The New Revenge and the Old Retribution: Insights from Monte Cristo, 31 Studies in Law and Society 119 (Austin Sarat and Patricia Ewick eds., 2004)

Unruly Rights, 22 Cardozo L Rev 1 (2000)

Are Constitutional Rights Personal? 6 Legal Theory 405 (2000)(symposium issue)

Eternal Remorse, in Toward a Critique of Guilt: Perspectives from Law and the Humanities (Matthew Anderson ed.), 36 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 141 (2005).

She Who Sings, Prays Twice (Lulu, 2007)(Young Adult Fiction)

I Would Kill for You: Law, Love, and Sacrifice in To Kill a Mockingbird, in Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird (Sarat & Umphrey, eds., 2013)

The Meaning of Death: Last Words and Last Meals, in Who Deserves to Die: Constructing the Executable Subject (Sarat & Shoemaker, eds. 2011)

Enchantment, Disenchantment, Reenchantment, 10 LCH 6 (2014).

Suffering and Judging in the Princess and the Pea, 30 QLR 489 (2012).

Suffering the Loss of Suffering: How Law Shapes and Occludes Pain, in Knowing the Suffering of Others (Sarat, ed., 2014)

The Justice of Mercy (Univ. Mich. Press, 2010)

Courses Taught

At Quinnipiac, Linda has taught criminal law, criminal procedure,theories of punishment, international law, torts, jurisprudence, animal law, judicial clerkship "bootcamp," and the Supreme Court seminar.

Work Experience

Linda Ross Meyer came to Quinnipiac from the faculty at Vanderbilt Law School in 1994. She clerked for Judge Charles A. Legge, N.D. Cal.; Judge William A. Norris, 9th Cir.; and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court. She is a long-time member and past President of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. Linda has collaborated on several criminal justice reform projects with various committees of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission, the Quinnipiac Civil Justice Clinic, the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic at Yale, and the Malta Criminal Justice Initiative. She teaches an undergraduate course at York Correctional Institution.

Educational Background

Linda Ross Meyer received her J.D. and Ph.D. (in Jurisprudence and Social Policy) from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Her B.A. in Philosophy and English is from her home state of Kansas (Kansas University).

Selected Workshops & Presentations

“Suffering and Judging in The Princess and the Pea,” Carmen Tortora Lecture, Quinnipiac University School of Law, October 14, 2011;“Suffering the Loss of Suffering,” Johns Hopkins University, February 24, 2012; “What is Suffering?” University of Alabama, March 30, 2012; “Keynote: Enchantment, Disenchantment, Re-enchantment,” Northeast Law and Society Meeting, Amherst, January 10, 2013; “Suffering the Loss of Suffering,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, London, March 22, 2013; “Bridging the Empathy Gap: Monsters, Mopes, Martyrs or Mothers?” Prison USA, Harvard University, November 6, 2013. “Agape and Law: Chaotic Good,” Pepperdine Conference on Love in Law, February 6, 2014;“Time and Punishment,” Pace University Law School, April 9, 2014.

Honors & Awards

James Boyd White Award, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities Quinnipiac Faculty Scholar Carmen Tortora Professor