Eve Brensike Primus, '01, the Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law, teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Habeas Corpus, and writes about structural reform in the criminal justice system.
Her scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court as well as lower appellate courts. She also has won the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching on more than one occasion. Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, she was an attorney in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In that office, Professor Primus worked both as a trial attorney and as an appellate litigator, appearing several times before the state's highest court.
Professor Primus also has participated in the lawmaking process, giving legislative testimony and helping to draft proposed legislation on criminal justice issues.
Prior to law school, Professor Primus worked as a criminal investigator for the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C.
In addition to teaching, litigating, and writing about criminal justice issues, Professor Primus also is the founder and director of the Law School's MDefenders organization—a group designed to educate and support aspiring public defenders.
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Law
Invited panelist, Panel Discussion on Just Mercy Film, University of Michigan Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.
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.
Presented, “Disaggregating Ineffective Assistance of Trial Counsel Claims,” Federal Defenders of Central California Training Program.