Margery M. Koosed is the Aileen McMurray Trusler Professor at The University of
Akron School of Law. Her writing focuses on death penalty litigation issues. She teaches
criminal law, constitutional criminal procedure, and seminars in criminal process and
capital punishment litigation. Koosed received her B.S., cum laude, from Miami University
and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. A member of the Akron Law faculty since
1974, she served initially as a lecturer in law and coordinator of the Appellate
Review/Legal Clinical Program, and later as a visiting professor at the Case Western
Reserve University School of Law. Her bar admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court; the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; the U.S. District Court for the Northern and
Southern Districts of Ohio; and Ohio. Koosed is a member of the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar
Association, and other professional associations. She served two terms as a commissioner
on the State Public Defender Commission, chairing the State Public Defender
Commission's Committee on Capital Defense Counsel Qualifications. She recently
served on the American Bar Association’s Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Team and
previously served as coordinator of the Ohio Death Penalty Task Force. She has also
served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools
Section on Criminal Justice and as an acting judge of the South Euclid Municipal Court.
Koosed is a frequent presenter on death penalty issues at litigation seminars and



Reforming Eyewitness Identification Law and Practices to Protect the Innocent, Creighton Law Review (2009)

This article discusses varying eyewitness identification reform proposals that may help to finally achieve a...



The Proposed Innocence Protection Act Won’t – Unless It Also Curbs Mistaken Eyewitness Identifications, Ohio State Law Journal (2002)

Jurors are trusting mistaken eyewitness identification testimony. They are returning mistaken convictions, and risking mistaken...



Averting Mistaken Executions by Adopting the Model Penal Code Exclusion of Death in the Presence of Lingering Doubt, Northern Illinois University Law Review (2001)

This article considers community views on the risk of mistaken executions and how sentencing juries...



On Seeking Controlling Law and Re-Seeking Death Under Section 2929.06 of the Ohio Revised Code, Cleveland State Law Review (1998)

Imagine yourself charged with a capital crime, on trial for your life. You have been...



Incorporating into a Seminar or Clinical Course the Representation of an Indigent Death Row Inmate Seeking Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court, Cleveland State Law Review (1992)

It appeared at the last AALS Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting workshops and at the...


Contributions to Books


Counselman v. Hitchchock, 142 U.S. 547 (1892), Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008)


Roadside Stops, Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (2008)


Eyewitness Identification, Kirby v. Illinois, Lineups, Manson v. Brathwaite, U.S. v. Ash, U. S. v. Wade, Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2006)

Eyewitness Identification, vol. 1, 567-568

Kirby v. Illinois, vol. 2, 892-893 Lineups , vol. 2,...



Capital Punishment, Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court (2005)

Encyclopedia Entry.



Dead Wrong Mistaken Identifications and Capital Prosecutions, and Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Penalty Phase Closing Argument- The Improper Invitation to Kill, Capital Punishment (1996)

Introduction, volumes 1-3.

Articles submitted to Volume 3 - Litigating Capital Cases:

1. Dead Wrong...