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Sonja B. Starr




Sonja B. Starr joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2009.




Prof. Sonja B. Starr joined the Law School faculty in fall 2009, teaching first-year criminal law and international criminal law. She specializes in U.S. and international criminal procedure and human rights law, with a focus on developing effective remedies for rights violations. Other research interests include sentencing law and policy and re-entry of former offenders. Before coming to Michigan, Prof. Starr taught civil procedure and international criminal law at the University of Maryland School of Law. Prior to teaching at Maryland, she spent two years at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. Prof. Starr has clerked for Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She has also clerked for Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen of the shared Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, in The Hague. Between these clerkships, she was an associate with Goldstein & Howe, PC, in Washington, D.C., a firm specializing in U.S. Supreme Court litigation. Prof. Starr earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and was awarded the American Bar Association’s annual Ross Student Writing Prize. She received her A.B.. from Harvard, summa cum laude.
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