Professor Medwed teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Advanced Criminal Procedure:
Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies. His research and pro bono activities
revolve around the topic of wrongful convictions. His book, Prosecution Complex:
America's Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent (New York University Press,
2012), explores how even well-meaning prosecutors may contribute to wrongful convictions
because of cognitive biases and an overly-deferential regime of legal and ethical rules.
In 2013, he received one of Northeastern's most prestigious prizes, the Robert D.
Klein University Lectureship, which is awarded annually to a member of the tenured or
tenure-track faculty across the university who has obtained distinction in his or her
field of study. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Innocence
Network, a consortium of innocence projects across the world, and is a former President
of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center in Salt Lake City. 

Prior to joining Northeastern in 2012, Professor Medwed was a member of the law faculty
of the University of Utah. He previously served as an instructor at Brooklyn Law School
and assistant director of the school's Second Look Program, where he worked with
students investigating and litigating innocence claims by New York state prisoners.
Professor Medwed has earned numerous teaching prizes over the course of his career,
including the University of Utah College of Law's Peter W. Billings Excellence in
Teaching Award, a University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award, a Student Choice
Teaching Award from the Associated Students of the University of Utah, and two Professor
of the Year awards at Brooklyn Law School. He has also worked in private practice and as
an associate appellate counsel at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, of New
York City. 



The Good Fight: The Egocentric Bias, the Aversion to Cognitive Dissonance, and the American Criminal Law, School of Law Faculty Publications (2014)

The phrase “cognitive bias” often has negative connotations. It is something to be overcome, thwarted,...



Deterrence theory and the corporate criminal actor: Professor Utset's fresh take on an old problem, School of Law Faculty Publications (2013)

This essay comments on Professor Manuel Utset's latest work in the area of corporate criminal...



Emotionally charged: the prosecutorial charging decision and the innocence revolution, School of Law Faculty Publications (2010)

Efforts to rectify wrongful convictions in the United States arguably represent a new civil rights...



The prosecutor as minister of justice: preaching to the unconverted from the post-conviction pulpit, School of Law Faculty Publications (2009)

This Article, which is part of a symposium on prosecutorial ethics, urges for a fuller...



Beyond biology: wrongful convictions in the post-DNA world, School of Law Faculty Publications (2008)

Post-conviction DNA testing first exonerated an innocent prisoner nearly twenty years ago. During this period,...




Prosecution complex: America's race to convict and its impact on the innocent (2012)

This book explores how American prosecutors can inadvertently make decisions that contribute to the conviction...


Popular Press


Wrongful conviction (with Helen Borton), The Leonard Lopate Show: WNYC Radio (2012)


Justice in New England, Boston Globe (2012)