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Primus, Eve Brensike

Professor of Law

835 Legal Research
734.615.6889
E-mail ebrensik@umich.edu
Prof. Eve Brensike Primus teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and habeas corpus, and writes about structural reform in the criminal justice system. Her scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court as well as state appellate courts. Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, she was an attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In that office, Prof. Primus worked both as a trial attorney and as an appellate litigator, appearing several times before the state's highest court. Prof. Primus has also participated in the lawmaking process, giving legislative testimony and helping to draft proposed legislation on criminal justice issues.

Prof. Primus holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Brown University and a JD, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. In law school, she was an articles editor for the Michigan Law Review, a board member for the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, and the winner of the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship Award—the Law School's highest honor. Prior to law school, Prof. Primus worked as a criminal investigator for the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In 2009, the Law School Student Senate awarded Prof. Primus the L. Hart Wright Prize for Outstanding Teaching.

Recent Publications

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​"Effective Trial Counsel After Martinez v. Ryan: Focusing on the Adequacy of State Procedures." The Champion (January/February 2014). (Originally published under the same title in Yale L. J. 122, no. 8 (2013): 2604-25.)​

​Co-author. Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text. 2014 ed. J. H. Israel et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West, 2014.​​

"Our Broken Misdemeanor Justice System: Its Problems and Some Potential Solutions." Review of "Misdemeanors." A. Natapoff. S. Cal. L. Rev. 85, no. 5 (2013): 1313-75. S. Cal. L. Rev. Postscript 86 (2013): 80-7.
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​"Effective Trial Counsel After Martinez v. Ryan:  Focusing on the Adequacy of State Procedures." Yale L. J. 122, no. 8 (2013): 2604-25.
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Co-author. Modern Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments and Questions. 13 ed. Y. Kamisar et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2012.

Co-author. Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text. J. H. Israel et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West, 2012.

"Bringing Clarity to Administrative Search Doctrine: Distinguishing Dragnets from Special Subpopulation Searches." Search & Seizure L. Rpt. 39, no. 8 (2012): 61-72.

Co-author. Basic Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments and Questions. 13 ed. Y. Kamisar et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2012.

Co-author. Advanced Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments and Questions. 13 ed. Y. Kamisar et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2012.

"2012 Survey of Books Related to the Law: A Crisis in Federal Habeas Law." Review of Habeas for the Twenty-First Century: Uses, Abuses, and the Future of the Great Writ, by N. J. King and J. L. Hoffman, co-authors. Mich L. Rev. 110, no. 6 (2012): 887-908.
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"The Illusory Right to Counsel." Ohio N. U. L. Rev. 37, no. 3 (2011): 597-620.(invited symposium piece)
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"Disentangling Administrative Searches." Colum. L. Rev. 111, no. 2 (2011): 254-312.
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"Litigation Strategies for Dealing with the Indigent Defense Crisis." Am. Constitution Soc'y. Issue Brief. (September 29, 2010):1-18.
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"A Structural Vision of Habeas Corpus." Cal. L. Rev. 98, no. 1 (2010): 1-57.
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"Procedural Obstacles to Reviewing Ineffective Assistance of Trial Counsel Claims in State and Federal Postconviction Proceedings." Crim. Just. 24, no. 3 (2009): 6-13.
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Professor

Activities

Cited by the U.S.Supreme Court in Martinez v. Ryan, 132 S. Ct. 1309, 2012.

Drafted an amicus brief in People v. Selesa Likine, Supreme Court Docket No. 141154, Michigan Supreme Court, arguing that a woman alleging that she was physically unable to make child support payments should be entitled to assert an involuntary act defense in a criminal prosecution for failure to pay child support, 2011.

 
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