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Starr, Sonja B.

Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law
Co-director, Empirical Legal Studies Center

3230 Jeffries Hall
Sonja B. Starr, the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law, joined the Law School faculty in fall 2009 and teaches first-year Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, and a seminar on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Her research interests include prosecutorial conduct, sentencing law and policy, remedies for violations of criminal defendants' rights, and re-entry of ex-offenders. Her research methods include quantitative empirical assessment of the effects of criminal justice policies as well as analysis of legal theory and doctrine. Before coming to Michigan Law, Professor Starr taught at the University of Maryland School of Law and spent two years at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. Professor Starr has clerked for the Hon. Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for the Hon. 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. Professor Starr earned her JD 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 AB from Harvard, summa cum laude, and is also an alumna of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program in Quantitative Methods.

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Explaining Race Gaps in Policing: Normative and Empirical Challenges. U of Michigan Law & Economics Research Paper No.15-003. Working Paper.
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"Understanding Violent-Crime Recidivism." Benjamin Pyle and J.J. Prescott, co-authors. Notre Dame L. Rev. (Forthcoming 2020).
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"Expungement of Criminal Convictions: An Empirical Study." J. J. Prescott, co-author. Harv. L. Rev. 133 (Forthcoming).
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"Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Racial Discrimination: A Field Experiment." Amanda Agan, co-author. Q.J. Econ. 133, no. 1 (2018): 191-235.
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"The Effect of Criminal Records on Access to Employment." A. Agan, co-author. Am. Econ. Rev. 107, no. 5 (2017): 560-64.
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"The Odds of Justice: Actuarial Risk Prediction and the Criminal Justice System." Chance 29, no. 1 (2016): 49-51.
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"Testing Racial Profiling: Empirical Assessment of Disparate Treatment by Police." U. Chi. Legal F. (2016): 485-531.
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