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Laurence A. Benner

Professor of Law Emeritus

JD University of Chicago
BS Michigan State University [summa cum laude, political science]
225 Cedar Street
Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal Justice/Bail Project, Advanced Criminal Litigation

Professor Laurence A. Benner’s passion led to remarkable accomplishments, both through his teaching and extensive work as a scholar and advocate in the criminal justice arena. As the former Managing Director of California Western’s Criminal Justice Programs, Benner is particularly proud of the impact his teaching had on hundreds of students over the years. Benner’s scholarship has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as leading criminal justice textbooks and treatises on criminal procedure. “The Other Face of Justice,” which he co-authored, has been nationally recognized as a basic resource for improving criminal defense representation for the indigent accused. Benner was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Association in recognition of his service to the profession, which includes a long and productive involvement with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

  • Marshall J. Hartman & Laurence A. Benner, Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in the Roberts Court, Cornerstone, May–Oct. 2015, at 2.
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall J. Hartman, Johnson v. United States: Using the Vagueness Doctrine to Combat Over-Criminalization and Prosecutorial Overreaching, Cornerstone, Jan.–Apr. 2016, at 2.
  • Marshall J. Hartman & Laurence A. Benner, Anonymous Cellular Tips and Warrantless Cell Phone Searches, Cornerstone, Jan.–Apr. 2015, at 2.
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall J Hartman, Putting a Leash on Fido: Police Dogs, DUI Blood Draws and the Fourth Amendment, 34 Cornerstone __ (forthcoming 2013).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall J. Hartman, Supreme Court Watch: Redefining the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, 34 Cornerstone, No. 1, at 4 (2013).
  • Laurence A. Benner, Donald J. Smythe & Robert Bird, Social Network Theory and the Diffusion of the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule Among State Courts Between Weeks and Wolf, 27 BYU J. Pub. Pol’y 97 (2013).
  • Laurence A. Benner, Expanding the Right to Effective Counsel at Plea Bargaining: Opening Pandora’s Box?, 27 ABA Crim. Justice 4 (2012).
  • Laurence Benner & Marshall Hartman, A Call for Reform: The Prosecutor’s Duty to Disclose Favorable Evidence (Part I), 33 Cornerstone, No. 2, at 4 (2012).
  • Laurence Benner & Marshall Hartman, A Call for Reform: The Prosecutor’s Duty to Disclose Favorable Evidence ( Part II), 33 Cornerstone, No. 3, at 2 (2012).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Supreme Court Review: Highlights of Criminal and Habeas Decisions, 2011-2012 Term, Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Chicago (Dec. 2012).
  • Laurence A. Benner, When Excessive Public Defender Workloads Violate the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel Without a Showing of Prejudice, American Constitution Society (Mar. 2011).
  • Laurence A. Benner, Eliminating Excessive Public Defender Workloads, 26 ABA Crim. Justice  24 (2011).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Graham v Florida: Ending Juvenile LWOP and Demonstrating Rehabilitation, 32 Cornerstone, No. I, at 18 (2011) (Special Centennial Issue).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall J. Hartman, Supreme Court Watch: Arrest and Confrontation in Fantasyland, 33 Cornerstone, No. 1, at 6 (2011).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall J Hartman, Supreme Court Review: An Analysis of Criminal Justice Decisions: 2010-2011 Term, Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington D.C. (Dec. 2011).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Redrawing the Boundary Lines for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel  (Special Edition), 31 Cornerstone, No. 3, at 6 (2010).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Sharon Rubenstein, Preface to Third Edition of William Greenhalgh, ABA Fourth  Amendment Handbook (3d ed. 2010) (Laurence A. Benner is also a contributing editor).
  • Laurence A. Benner, The California Public Defender: Its Origins, Evolution and Decline, 5 Cal. Legal History 173 (2010) (by invitation of the California Supreme Court Historical Society).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Opening Pandora’s Box: The Duty to Give Correct Guilty Plea Advice under Padilla v Kentucky, 32 Cornerstone, No. 1, at 6 (2010).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Silencing Miranda, 32 Cornerstone, No. 2, at 6 (2010).
  • Laurence A. Benner, Beyond Strickland: An Occasional Paper from the Center for the Advanced Study of Criminal Justice (2010).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Supreme Court Review: An Analysis of Criminal Justice Decisions: 2009-2010 Term, Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Atlanta (Nov. 2010).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Supreme Court Review: 2008-2009 Term, Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Denver, CO (Nov. 2009).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, A Fourth Amendment Trilogy, 31 Cornerstone, No. 1, at 6 (2009).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, A Lawyer’s Dilemma, 30 Cornerstone, No. 3, at 6 (2009).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, A Fourth Amendment Trilogy, 31 Cornerstone, No. 1, at 6 (2009).
  • Laurence A. Benner, The Presumption of Guilt: Systemic Factors that Contribute to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in California, 45 Cal. W. L. Rev. 263 (2009).
  • Laurence A.  Benner & Marshall Hartman, Strip Searches, Lab Reports and Police-Initiated Interrogation of Your Client after Appointment. 31 Cornerstone, No. 2, at 6 (2009).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartmanet. al., Supreme Court Review: United States Supreme Court Criminal and Habeas Decisions: 2007-2008 Term, Proceedings of the 2008 Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington D.C. (Nov. 2008).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Narrow Victories, 30 Cornerstone, No. 2, at 6 (2008).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 30 Cornerstone, No. 1, at 6 (2008).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Brendlin v California:  A Trojan Horse? 29 Cornerstone, No. 3, at 6 (2008).
  • Laurence A. Benner, L.S. Stern and A. Avakian, Systemic Factors Affecting the Quality of Criminal Defense Representation, Preliminary Report to the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, (Oct. 2007).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman, Panetti v Quarterman:  Demons, Habeas and Competency for Death, 29 Cornerstone, No. 2, at 6 (2007).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartmanet. al., Supreme Court Review:  Highlights of the United States Supreme Court’s Criminal Justice Decisions: 2006-2007 Term, Proceedings of the 2007 Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Tucson, Arizona, (Nov. 2007).
  • Laurence A. Benner & Marshall Hartman Criminal Law Update X, Proceedings of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Omaha, Nebraska (June 2007).