Josephine Ross

Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney

J.D., Boston University School of Law
B.A., Oberlin College


Professor Ross has published law review articles in the area of criminal procedure, evidence and civil rights. Some of her recent articles have focused on stop and frisk policing. In 2002, Prof. Ross wrote some of the earliest law review articles in support of same-sex marriage. Her pieces have appeared in leading journals including the Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Her article about George Zimmerman’s murder trial will be published in the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy. Since 2011, she has traveled to present papers at conferences in 10 different states plus the District of Columbia.

In the summer of 2013, she taught International Criminal Law at the University of the Western Cape through the Howard University School of Law South Africa Program. Professor Ross has also taught at Boston College Law School and at Michigan State University. Prior to beginning her academic career, Prof. Ross was a trial lawyer with the public defender’s office in Worcester County, Massachusetts, where she handled serious felony cases and supervised other lawyers. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina pounded New Orleans in 2006, Professor Ross began planning a trip to that city for students to engage in legal work, giving birth to the law school’s annual Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans.


Josephine Ross’s Scholarly Papers-SSRN

The Supreme Court’s Invisible Hand In George Zimmerman’s Trial For Killing Trayvon Martin, 17 BERKELEY JOURNAL OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAW & POLICY __ (publication pending Spring 2015).

The Law Clerk’s Bombshell, a chapter in OUT AND ABOUT: THE LGBT EXPERIENCE IN THE PROFESSION (publication pending Fall 2014).

Teaching Scholarship Through a Seminar on The Wire, 64 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION __ (publication pending November 2014).

Can Social Science Defeat a Legal Fiction? Challenging Unlawful Police Stops Under the Fourth Amendment, 18 WASHINGTON & LEE JOURNAL OF CIVIL RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE 315 (2012).

Blaming The Victim: ‘Consent’ Within The Fourth Amendment And Rape Law, 26 HARVARD JOURNAL OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC JUSTICE 1 (2010).

FROM SLAVERY TO PRISON IN RINKITINK IN OZ, 20 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 107 (2010).

What’s Reliability Got To Do With The Confrontation Clause After Crawford? 14 WIDENER LAW REVIEW 383 (2009).

When Murder Alone Is Not Enough: Forfeiture of the Confrontation Clause After Giles, CRIMINAL JUSTICE JOURNAL Vol. 24:34 (Spring 2009)

Still In Limbo: The Continuing Failed Response To Katrina, 51 HOWARD LAW JOURNAL 565 (2008).

Crawford’s Short-Lived Revolution: How Davis v. Washington Reins In Crawford’s Reach, 83 NORTH DAKOTA LAW JOURNAL 387 (2007).

After Crawford Double-Speak: “Testimony” Does Not Mean Testimony And “Witness” Does Not Mean Witness, 97 JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW & CRIMINOLOGY 147 (2006).

“He Looks Guilty”: Reforming Good Character Evidence To Undercut The Presumption Of Guilt, 65 PITTSBURGH LAW REVIEW 227 (2004).

The Sexualization Of Difference: A Comparison Of Mixed-Race And Same-Gender Marriage, 37 HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS-CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW 255 (2002).

Sex, Marriage And History: Analyzing The Continued Resistance To Same-Sex Marriage, 55 SOUTHERN METHODIST LAW REV. 1657 (2002).

Riddle For Our Times: The Continued Refusal To Apply The Miscegenation Analogy To Same-Sex Marriage, 54 RUTGERS LAW REV. 999 (2002).

Autonomy Versus A Client’s Best Interest: The Defense Lawyer’s Dilemma When Mentally Ill Clients Seek to Control Their Defense, 35 AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW 1343 (1998).