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Criminal Law Concentration Full-Time Faculty

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado’s principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably embodied cognition, moral psychology and implicit social cognition—to law and legal theory. He is particularly focused on issues arising in corporate law, contract law and criminal law.

His recent scholarly work includes three chapters in "Ideology, Psychology, and Law" (Oxford University Press) and articles in the Emory Law Journal (four articles), Maryland Law Review, Indiana Law JournalCardozo Law ReviewOregon Law ReviewFlorida State University Law ReviewSt. Louis University Law Journal, Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, and Topics in Cognitive Science.


Senior Associate Dean Daniel M. Filler

Daniel M. Filler

Dan Filler studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law. He is an expert on sex offender community notification, the death penalty and juvenile justice law.

Before joining the inaugural faculty, professor Filler taught at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he created the school's Capital Defense Clinic.

The Pennsylvania Joint State Government on Capital Punishment appointed him to the Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment in 2012.


Professor Anil Kalhan

Anil Kalhan

Anil Kalhan’s principal interests include immigration law, criminal law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, privacy and surveillance, and international human rights law.

Before coming to Drexel, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law and an Associate in Law at the Columbia University School of Law, and he previously worked as a litigation associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he also served as co-coordinator of the firm’s immigration and international human rights pro bono practice group. He also has previously worked for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York and served as law clerk to the Hon. Chester J. Straub (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York).


Professor Donald F. Tibbs

Donald F. Tibbs

Donald Tibbs’ expertise focuses on the overlapping issues of race, law, civil rights and criminal procedure.

The author of “From Black Power to Prison Power: The Making of Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners' Labor Union,” (Palgrave MacMillan 2012), his publications include “The Jena Six and Black Punishment: Law and Raw Life in the Domain of Non-Existence,” in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, “Peeking Behind the Iron Curtain: How Law ‘Works’ Behind Prison Walls,” in the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal and "Who Killed Oscar Grant?: A Legal Eulogy of the Cultural Logic of Black Hyper-Policing in the Post-Civil Rights Era" in the Southern University Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty.


Kevin Woodson

Kevin Woodson specializes in criminal procedure and civil rights law.  His scholarship focuses on race and the legal profession and corporate culture.

He practiced law with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in Washington, D.C., where his activities included representing corporations under investigation for alleged healthcare and accounting fraud as well as work on civil rights litigation against law enforcement officials in Texas.


Professor Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily B. Zimmerman

Emily Zimmerman conducts empirical research to assess strengths and weaknesses in legal pedagogy and methods for promoting student enthusiasm. She has served on the Professional Development Committee of the Legal Writing Institute, on the board of Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law and as co-editor of the Legal Writing Journal of the Social Science Research Network.

Before teaching, Professor Zimmerman was the chief of the Civil and Exceptional Litigation Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she had also supervised the Municipal Court Unit and worked as a trial prosecutor.


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