Donald A. Dripps
Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
- JD, 1983, University of Michigan
- BA, 1980, Northwestern University
Areas of Expertise
Professor Dripps teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, criminal procedure, evidence and criminal law.
Dripps clerked for the Honorable Amalya Kears of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. He was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, a visiting professor at Duke University School of Law, a visiting professor at Cornell University Law School and the James Annenberg Levee Professor of Criminal Procedure at the University of Minnesota Law School. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2004.
Honors and Affiliations
Dripps was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif.
His most recent publications are “Does Liberal Procedure Cause Punitive Substance? Preliminary Evidence from Some Natural Experiments” in volume 87 Southern California Law Review 459 (2013); “'Dearest Property': Digital Evidence and the History of Private 'Papers' as Special Objects of Search and Seizure” in volume 103 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 49 (2013); “Why Gideon Failed: Politics and Feedback Loops in the Reform of Criminal Justice” in volume 70 Washington and Lee Law Review 833 (2013); and Criminal Law and Procedure: Cases and Materials, 12th Ed. (with Boyce and Perkins) (Foundation Press, 2013). Other works include About Guilt and Innocence: The Origins, Development, and Future of Constitutional Criminal Procedure (Greenwood Press, 2003); “The Substance-Procedure Relationship in Criminal Law” in Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law (Duff and Green, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2011); “Criminal Procedure, Footnote Four, and the Theory of Public Choice: OR, Why don't Legislatures Give a Damn about the Rights of the Accused?” in volume 44 Syracuse Law Review 1079 (1993); “Beyond Rape: An Essay on the Difference Between the Presence of Force and the Absence of Consent” in volume 92 Columbia Law Review 1780 (1992); and “Living with Leon” in volume 95 Yale Law Journal 906 (1986).