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Primus, Eve Brensike

Professor of Law

835 Legal Research
734.615.6889
E-mail ebrensik@umich.edu
Professor Eve Brensike Primus 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 lower appellate courts. She also has won the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching on more than one occasion. Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, she was an attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In that office, Professor Primus worked both as a trial attorney and as an appellate litigator, appearing several times before the state's highest court. Professor Primus also has participated in the lawmaking process, giving legislative testimony and helping to draft proposed legislation on criminal justice issues. Professor 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, Professor 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. In addition to teaching, litigating, and writing about criminal justice issues, Professor Primus also is the founder and director of the Law School's MDefenders organization—a group designed to educate and support aspiring public defenders.

Recent Publications

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"Defense Counsel and Public Defense." In Reforming Criminal Justice: Pretrial and Trial Processes, edited by E. Luna, 3, 121-45. Phoenix, Ariz.: Academy for Justice, 2017.
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"Federal Review of State Criminal Convictions: A Structural Approach to Adequacy Doctrine." Mich. L. Rev. 116, no. 1 (2017): 75-122.
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"Disentangling Miranda and Massiah: How to Revive the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel as a Tool for Regulating Confession Law." B. U. L. Rev. 97, no. 3 (2017): 1085-128.
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Co-author. Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text. 2017 ed. W. R. LaFave et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic Publishing, 2017.

"Culture as a Structural Problem in Indigent Defense." Minn. L. Rev. 100, no. 5 (2016): 1769-821.
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Co-author. Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text. 4th ed. J.H.Israel et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West, 2016.

"The Future of Confession Law: Toward Rules for the Voluntariness Test." Mich. L. Rev. 114, no. 1 (2015): 1-56.
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Co-editor. Modern Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments and Questions. 14th ed. Y. Kamisar et al., co-editors. St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic Publishing, 2015.

Co-author. Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text. 2015 ed. J. H. Israel et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic Publishing, 2015.

Co-author. Basic Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments and Questions. 2015 ed. Y. Kamisar et al., co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2015.
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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.