50th Anniversary of Miranda Rights: Faculty Panel & Alumni/Admitted Students Reception

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre & Rotunda

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




50th Anniversary of Miranda

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona ruling, upholding the Constitution's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, the University of San Diego School of Law is hosting a panel discussion followed by a reception.

Moderated by USD Professor of Law Kevin Cole, this panel of three experts in the field of criminal law will discuss the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of Miranda v. Arizona, including the arresting officer's perspective during the case, what the decision has meant for law enforcement practices and procedures, the impact the decision has had on criminal justice, and the status of our Miranda Rights in the current context of criminal arrests.

This event is made possible by USD School of Law, Law Alumni Board of Directors, Office of Alumni Relations, Pardee Legal Research Center and Community Defenders Inc.


5:30 p.m.
Faculty Panel Discussion

Registration is required. 

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Kevin Cole
Professor of Law
University of San Diego School of Law

Professor Cole teaches and writes in the areas of evidence as well as criminal law and procedure. He served as the ninth dean of the school from 2005 to 2011. Professor Cole authored three editions of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Handbook. Of his many scholarly writings, perhaps less well known to some is his CrimProfLaw Blog, which has to date over 2.5 million page views since its 2004 inception and provides expert commentary on current criminal law topics.


Captain Carroll Cooley (ret)
Phoenix Police Department

Mr. Cooley was the arresting Phoenix police officer of Ernesto Miranda on March 13, 1963, that led to the landmark self-incrimination case that reached the Supreme Court and resulted in Miranda Rights that law enforcement uses when arresting a suspect.

Donald A. Dripps
Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
University of San Diego School of Law

Professor Dripps is an often quoted constitutional and criminal law scholar, his most recent article is forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review: “ ‘Perspectives on the Fourth Amendment’ Forty Years Later.” Prof Dripps literally wrote the book with his 2013 criminal law casebook for law students, Criminal Law and Procedure: Cases and Materials.

Richard Leo, Ph.D.
Hammill Family Chair Professor of Law & Social Psychology/Dean’s Circle Scholar
University of San Francisco School of Law

Dr. Leo is one of the leading experts in the world on police interrogation practices, the impact of Miranda, psychological coercion, false confessions, and the wrongful conviction of the innocent. He has authored more than 100 articles in leading scientific and legal journals as well as several books, including his most recent, Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond.

7:00 p.m.
Alumni & Admitted Students Reception
Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine

Parking & Tram Instructions

  • Enter campus from west entrance – Marian Way from Linda Vista
  • Stop a the west entrance kiosk to obtain a visitor’s permit
  • Take the first left after the kiosk and enter the West Parking Structure/ Lot (building P4 on the campus map)
  • You may take the tram to the venue or walk up the hill
  • The tram runs every 5 – 7 minutes
  • If you prefer to walk, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is a five-minute uphill walk and the building will be the first building on your right


USD School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved provider of MCLE credit and certifies that this activity is approved for 1.5 hours of general credit.


Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U. S. 436 (1966)

Dickerson v. United States, 530 U.S. 428 (2000) 

Bill of Rights

Suggested Readings

Charles D. Weisselberg, Saving Miranda, 84 Cornell L. Rev. 109 (1998).

Donald A. Dripps, Constitutional Theory for Criminal Procedure: Dickerson, Miranda, and the Continuing Quest for Broad-but-shallow, 43 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1 (2001).

Louis Michael Seidman, Brown and Miranda, 80 Cal. L. Rev. 673 (1992).

Paul G. Cassell & Richard Fowles, Handcuffing the Cops? A Thirty-Year Perspective on Miranda’s Harmful Effects on Law Enforcement, 50 Stanford L. Rev. 1055 (1988).

Stephen J. Schulhofer, Miranda's Practical Effect: Substantial Benefits and Vanishing Small Social Costs, 90 Nw. U. L. Rev. 500 1996.

Yale Kamisar, A Dissent from the Miranda Dissents: Some Comments on the “New” Fifth Amendment and the Old “Voluntariness” Test, 65 Mich. Law Rev. 59 (1966).

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