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Ric Simmons

Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • B.A., Stanford University, Political Science, 1990
  • M.A., Stanford University, International Policy Studies, 1991
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1994


    Ric Simmons is the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law at the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. He graduated from Columbia Law School and clerked for Judge Laughlin E. Waters of the Central District of California. He then spent four years as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, and then later taught at New York University School of Law before joining Moritz.

    Professor Simmons has written numerous articles in the field of Criminal Procedure, focusing on the on the intersection of the Fourth Amendment and new technology. He has written about the search of cell phones in The Missed Opportunities of Riley v. California, 12 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2014), the use of new surveillance techniques in Technology-Enhanced Surveillance by Law Enforcement Officials, 60 New York University Annual Survey of American Law 711 (2005)), and hyper-intrusive surveillance in Can Winston Save Us from Big Brother? The Need for Judicial Consistency in Regulating Hyper-Intrusive Searches, 55 Rutgers Law Review 547 (Winter 2003)). He has also written about the privatization of the criminal justice system in Private Criminal Justice, 42 Wake Forest Law Review 911 (2007) and Private Plea Bargains, 89 North Carolina Law Review 1125 (2011). Professor Simmons has been frequently cited in the local and national media on criminal procedure issues.

    Professor Simmons is the co-author (with Debbie Merritt) of an Evidence casebook, Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Professor of the Year award (twice), the Student Bar Association Upper Level Professor of the Year Award, and the Ohio State Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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