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Eve Brensike Primus

Eve Brensike Primus joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2006.


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 Eve Brensike Primus teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and habeas corpus, and she writes about structural reform in the criminal justice system. Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, she was an attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In that office, Professor Brensike Primus worked both as a trial attorney and as an appellate litigator, appearing several times before the state’s highest court. Professor Brensike Primus has also participated in the lawmaking process, giving legislative testimony and helping to draft proposed legislation on criminal justice issues.

Professor Brensike Primus holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University and a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. In law school, she was an Articles Editor on 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 Brensike 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 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Brensike Primus’s most recent scholarship analyzes the problems of ineffective assistance of trial counsel for indigent defendants and proposes to reorganize federal habeas corpus review of state court criminal convictions to focus on redressing systemic problems in state criminal justice.

In 2009, the Law School Student Senate awarded Professor Brensike Primus the L. Hart Wright Prize for Outstanding Teaching.
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*    "New Faculty Members Deepen, Enrich Michigan Law's Teaching,Research" 49 L. Quadrangle Notes 38 (Fall, 2006).

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