Professor of Law
- JD 1985, University of California, Los Angeles
- AB 1982, Princeton University
Areas of Expertise
Professor Ramirez teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, evidence and trial advocacy. Her primary research interest is criminal litigation.
Ramirez was an associate with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles and a deputy public defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. She spent an early sabbatical leave interning at the Family Protection Unit of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. In recent years she has engaged in pro bono post conviction work. Ramirez’s current projects include developing trial videos for use in criminal law and evidence classes. She joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1990.
Honors and Affiliations
Ramirez was the 2013-14 recipient of USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She has served on the board of directors of Appellate Defenders, Inc. and Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. since 2002. She was the board president from 2006-09.
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Ramirez's publications include Criminal Litigation in Action, 3rd Ed. (with Berend) (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2015); Criminal Litigation In Action, 2nd Ed. (with Berend) (California Academic Press, 2002); and State v. Johnson: An Acquaintance Rape Case File and Problem Set (National Institute for Trial Advocacy Publishing, 2000).