Eve Bren­sike Primus, 01, is the Yale Kamis­ar Col­le­giate Pro­fes­sor of Law at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, where she has won mul­ti­ple teach­ing awards for her instruc­tion in crim­i­nal pro­ce­dure, evi­dence, and habeas cor­pus cours­es. She co-authors one of the nation’s lead­ing crim­i­nal pro­ce­dure text­books and writes about struc­tur­al reform in the crim­i­nal legal sys­tem, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on indi­gent defense reform. The US Supreme Court and low­er appel­late courts have cit­ed her scholarship.

Primus is the founder and director of MDefenders and the Public Defender Training Institute—programs designed to educate and support aspiring public defenders. She also directs the Data for Defenders project, which promotes creative and evidence-based criminal defense advocacy through the strategic and effective use of social science research.  

Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, Primus worked as a criminal investigator for the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, and as a trial and appellate public defender in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. She also has participated in the lawmaking process, giving legislative testimony and helping draft proposed legislation on criminal justice issues.