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Criminal procedure expert Pamela Metzger is new Ainsworth Professor

August 10, 2016

2016 Metzger Ainsworth 300

Tulane Law School has named criminal procedure scholar Pamela R. Metzger to The Robert A. Ainsworth Professorship in the Courts and the Federal System.

Tulane Law School has appointed nationally acclaimed scholar Pamela R. Metzger to The Robert A. Ainsworth Professorship in the Courts and the Federal System.

Metzger is recognized as an expert on the Sixth Amendment rights to counsel and confrontation, and she is on a short list of prominent scholars with expertise in managing public defender crises. She continues to handle pro bono cases, and her assistance has been sought in litigation to resolve Louisiana’s current public defender crisis.

Her scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Northwestern Law Review and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and other publications. And her work on confrontation earned her a seat at a recent roundtable conference at Vanderbilt Law School.

Metzger’s article "Defending Data," published in Southern California Law Review, established her as a leading authority on public defender service delivery. She also is a sought-after speaker and consultant for improving systems around the United States. She serves on data-driven working groups with partners such as the National Institute of Justice and the Quattrone Center for the Administration of Justice at Penn Law School. And she advises public defender boards in Texas and Michigan.

She also has presented her work across the country, including at the Quattrone Center, the American Society of Criminology, the National Institute of Justice and a special joint session of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association. 

Metzger, who joined the Tulane Law faculty in 2001, is well-known for her work rebuilding the New Orleans criminal justice system post-Hurricane Katrina. As a former federal public defender and director of Tulane’s Criminal Litigation Clinic at the time, she was uniquely poised to play a vital role. After helping to draft Louisiana’s 2007 Public Defender Act, Metzger served for several years on the Louisiana Public Defender Board. The AALS recognized her work with the Shanara Gilbert Award. 

“Pam Metzger reflects the finest tradition of the scholar-servant,” Dean David Meyer said. “Her careful, nuanced scholarship has spotlighted important deficits in our criminal justice system, and her leadership and advocacy have provided a model for possible solutions.”

The Ainsworth Professorship is named for Judge Robert A. Ainsworth, a former Louisiana state senator who served 15 years on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after spending five years as a U.S. District Court judge in New Orleans. 


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