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About John F. Stinneford

Professor Stinneford teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law, with a particular focus on the original meaning of the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. His work has been placed in numerous scholarly journals, including the Georgetown Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review. The Stanford-Yale Junior faculty forum selected one of his articles as the best paper in the category of Constitutional History, and the AALS Criminal Justice Section named another article as the best paper in its Junior Scholars Paper Competition.  Stinneford's work has been cited by United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.), state supreme courts, federal courts of appeal, and numerous scholars. In the fall of 2015, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Georgetown Law Center, Center for the Constitution.

Before joining the Florida faculty in 2009, Stinneford clerked for the Hon. James Moran of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, served as an Assistant United States Attorney, and practiced law with Winston & Strawn in Chicago. Stinneford teaches first-year courses in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law, and upper-level courses in Criminal Procedure, Federal Criminal Law, Law & Literature, Professional Responsibility, and White Collar Crime. He has thrice been voted faculty graduation speaker by the third-year class at Florida, and has twice been a finalist for Professor of the Year.

J.D., Harvard Law School M.A., Harvard University B.A., University of Virginia.
Teaching and Scholarship:
Criminal Law Criminal Procedure Sentencing Constitutional Law Professional Responsibility White Collar Crime
Professional Activities:
University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2009 as Assistant Professor Admitted to Practice: Illinois, Ohio, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Present Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center, University of Florida Levin College of Law
Present Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law



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Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


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