Eve Brensike Primus, '01, is the Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. She writes about structural reform in the criminal justice system, and the US Supreme Court and lower appellate courts have cited her scholarship.
Primus, who teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Habeas Corpus, has won the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching on more than one occasion.
Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, Primus was an attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In that office, she worked both as a trial attorney and as an appellate litigator, appearing several times before the state's highest court. She also has participated in the lawmaking process, giving legislative testimony and helping to draft proposed legislation on criminal justice issues.
Before law school, Primus worked as a criminal investigator for the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC.
In addition to teaching, litigating, and writing about criminal justice issues, Primus also is the founder and director of the Law School's MDefenders organization—a group designed to educate and support aspiring public defenders.
"The Problematic Structure of Indigent Defense Delivery"
Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Law
Kamisar, LaFave, and Israel's Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
- Criminal Law
"The Illusory Right to Counsel"
Expert Testimony, Andrew Robbins, et al. v. Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services et al., Docket No. KENSC-CV-22-54, State of Maine, Kennebec County Superior Court (ongoing) (filed Mar. 1, 2022) (providing expert testimony about structural problems in the provision of indigent defense services throughout the State of Maine and the likelihood of systemic violations of defendants' constitutional rights)
Expert Testimony, Joseph Allen et al. v. John Bel Edwards et al., No. 655,079, 19th Judicial District Court, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana (ongoing) (filed Feb. 6, 2017) (providing expert testimony about structural problems in the provision of indigent defense services throughout the State of Louisiana and the likelihood of systemic violations of defendants' constitutional rights)
Invited Panelist, Rethinking Public Defense, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting: Separate & Unequal, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Presented, Disaggregating Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Doctrine, Wisconsin State Public Defender
Presented, The Future of Public Defense: Leadership & Culture, National Association for Public Defense: Rise, Resist, Represent Conference
Invited Panelist, Law School Pipeline to Public Defender Offices: Successful Examples, National Association for Public Defense: Rise, Resist, Represent Conference
Presented, The Problematic Structure of Indigent Defense Delivery, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Training, Storytelling and Persuasive Opening Statements, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Panelist, The Problematic Structure of Indigent Defense Delivery, CrimFest Conference, Cardozo Law School (Panel on Defendants and Defense Attorneys)
Training, The Role of the Appellate Public Defender, The Maryland Office of the Public Defender’s 2022 Annual Justice For All Conference
Presented, The Future of Public Defense: Leadership & Culture, Keynote Address, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Leadership Conference
Training, Litigating Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims, Federal Defenders Training Division Noncapital Habeas Conference
Presented, Habeas Hydraulics: Exhaustion and Procedural Default After Martinez and Pinholster, Cardozo Law School Faculty Workshop
Training, Disaggregating Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Doctrine, Texas Habeas Assistance and Training Project
Invited panelist, Panel Discussion on Just Mercy Film, University of Michigan Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.
Presented, “Disaggregating Ineffective Assistance of Trial Counsel Claims,” Federal Defenders of Central California Training Program.
Delivered remarks, “The Last Ten Years of the Innocence Movement,” at The Criminal Law Society’s Symposium entitled Conversations on Actual Innocence & The Michigan Innocence Clinic, University of Michigan Law School.