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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, '01, teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, 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. She has won the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been nominated for the University-wide Golden Apple Teaching Award. 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 also has 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 Michigan Law. 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 Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Recent Publications

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"The Future of Confession Law: Toward Rules for the Voluntariness Test." Mich. L. Rev. 115 (Forthcoming).
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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.
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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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Activities

Invited panelist, Miranda Conference, Boston University Law School, September 2016.

Invited panelist, Minnesota Law Review Symposium Panel on the Right to Counsel, October 2015.

Presented "A Structural Approach to Adequacy Doctrine" at the University of Chicago Constitutional Law Forum, May 2015.

Appointed special assistant defender for the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office, November 2014.

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

 
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