Andrew D. Leipold

Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law
Director, Program in Criminal Law and Procedure


Professor Andrew Leipold, the Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law, graduated summa cum laude in public relations from Boston University. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, he served as clerk to Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice Lewis Powell, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court. He then worked for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia.

Since joining the faculty in 1992, Professor Leipold has been voted Outstanding Faculty Member 15 times and received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2000. Most recently, he served for 2.5 years as associate dean for Academic Affairs. He has been a visiting professor at Boston College Law School and Duke University School of Law, where he was recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award.

On October 1, 2007, Professor Leipold was appointed to a three-year term on the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Professor Leipold recently completed Volume 1 and Volume 1A of Federal Practice & Procedure: Criminal, set for publication from West in spring 2008.

Professor Leipold writes in the area of criminal law and procedure and has served as a consultant to the Illinois Criminal Law Reform Commission, the Governor’s Truth in Sentencing Commission, and the Office of the Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Investigation. His most recent publication is entitled, “The Impact of Joinder & Severance on Federal Criminal Cases: An Empirical Study” (59 Vanderbilt Law Review). In 2005, he published “How the Pretrial Process Contributes to Wrongful Convictions” (42 American Criminal Law Review 1123), “Why are Federal Judges So Acquittal Prone” (83 Washington University Law Quarterly 151), “The Grand Jury Clause of the Fifth Amendment” (Heritage Foundation Guide to the Constitution), “Strategy and Remorse in Capital Trials”(80 Indiana Law Journal 47) and Volumes 1 and 1A in Federal Practice and Procedure: Criminal (3d ed.). His essay, “The Limits of Deterrence Theory in the War on Drugs,” was published in a symposium issue of The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice at the University of Iowa, and he authored a chapter in Controversial Issues in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Other articles include “The Problem of the Innocent, Acquitted Defendant” (94 Northwestern University Law Review 1297, 2001), and “Constitutionalizing Jury Selection in Criminal Cases” (86 Georgetown Law Journal 945, 1998).

In August 2002, Professor Leipold delivered invited lectures – “Organized and White Collar Crime,” and “Introduction to American Criminal Procedure” – at the Ministry of Justice, Brasilia, Brazil, and at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.


JD University of Virginia
BS Boston University

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Juries and Jury Behavior


Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

Selected Publications


COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 3d edition (Aspen, 2011) (coauthor with Allen, Stuntz, Hoffman, Livingston). • 2015 Supplement to the 4th Edition • 2014 Supplement to the 3d Edition • 2013 Supplement to the 3d Edition • 2012 Supplement to the 3d Edition Volumes 1 & 1A, Charles Alan Wright & Andrew D. Leipold, FEDERAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE: CRIMINAL (4th ed., 2008) • 3d Edition Supplements, 2005, 2006, 2007 • 4th Edition Supplements, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Articles and Essays

Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond by George C. Thomas III & Richard Leo, at CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE BOOKS, (2012) (book review)

The Collateral Benefits of Declaring War on Social Issues, 15 THE JOURNAL OF GENDER, RACE & JUSTICE 231 (2012) (symposium)

Patrolling the Fenceline: How the Court Only Sometimes Cares About Preserving Its Role in Criminal Cases, in the Political Heart of Criminal Procedure (Michael Klarman, et al., ed., Cambridge 2012)

A Case for Negligence — Review of Alexander & Ferzan, Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law, Law & Philosophy (2010) (book review)

Prosecutorial Charging Practices and Grand Jury Screening: Some Empirical Observations, in GRAND JURY 2.0: MODERN PERSPECTIVES ON THE GRAND JURY (Carolina Academic Press, 2010)

Recidivism, Incapacitation, and Criminal Sentencing Policy, 3 ST. THOMAS L. REV. 536 (2006) (symposium)

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