Professor Givelber retired in 2014. He served served as dean of the law school from 1984 until 1993, and was interim dean during the 1998-1999 academic year. He is an expert in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and capital punishment, and has been engaged in pro bono death penalty litigation for many years.

Professor Givelber has taught and published primarily in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and torts. In recent years, his research has focused on the accuracy of the procedures we employ to determine guilt. He is a founding member of the board of the New England Innocence Project and has lectured in his areas of specialization in Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. Prior to joining the law school faculty, he served as an assistant US attorney for the District of Columbia and as a civil litigator with a large New York law firm.

In honor of Professor Givelber's outstanding contributions to the School of Law, the Givelber Distinguished Lecturer Program brings distinguished public service practitioners to the school as visiting faculty so they may share with students and faculty the challenges and satisfactions of public service practice.

Fields of Expertise

  • Capital Punishment
  • Court Procedure and Evidence
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure

Selected Works


Not Guilty? Are the Acquitted Innocent? (New York University Press, 2012) (with Farrell)

Selected Articles

“Liberation Reconsidered: Understanding Why Judges and Juries Disagree about Guilt,” 100 The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1549 (2010) (co-authored)

Public Health vs. Court Sponsored Secrecy,” 69 Law & Contemporary Problems 131 (2006) (with Robbins)

“Junking Good Science: Undoing Daubert v. Merrill Dow Through Cross-Examination and Argument,” 96 American Journal of Public Health 285 (2006) (with Strickler)

“Lost Innocence: Speculation and Data About the Acquitted,” 42 American Criminal Law Review 1167 (2005)

“Pure Smoke: Products Liability, Innovation, and the Search for the Safe Cigarette,” 7 Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 1 (2005)

“Innocence Abroad: The Extradition Cases and the Future of Capital Litigation,” 81 Oregon Law Review 161 (2002)

“Meaningless Acquittals, Meaningful Convictions: Do We Reliably Acquit the Innocent?” 49 Rutgers Law Review 17 (1996-1997)

“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Insanity Defense,” 150 American Psychiatry 229 (1993) (with Applebaum, Grisso, Zoltek-Jick, Silver and Steadman),

“How Did Tarasoff Affect Clinical Practice?” Annals, AAPSS 484 (March 1986) (with Bowers and Blitch)

“Treating Blacks as if They Were White: Some Problems of Definition and Proof Under Section 1982,” 124 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1 (1975-1976) (with Brown and Subrin)

“Application of Equal Protection Principles to the Selective Enforcement of the Criminal Law,” 1973 University of Illinois Law Forum 88 (1973)

Selected Chapters

“Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California: The Therapist’s Dilemma,” Torts Stories, Rabin and Sugarman, eds., Foundation Press (2003)