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Renée M. Hutchins

Professor of Law and Co-Director, Clinical Law Program
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Baltimore, MD 21201

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  • BA cum laude, 1990, Spelman College
  • JD, 1993, Yale Law School


    Professor Hutchins joined the University of Maryland faculty and founded the Appellate and Post-Conviction Advocacy Clinic in 2004. In addition to teaching her own clinic, she is the Co-Director of the Clinical Law Program.

    Through the Appellate and Post-Conviction Advocacy Clinic, Professor Hutchins maintains an active criminal defense appellate practice. Along with her students, she represents clients in the Maryland courts and works to obtain conditional commutations of clients' sentences from Maryland's Governor.

    Prior to joining the faculty in 2004, Professor Hutchins served as a federal prosecutor with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.

    She also practiced as a criminal defense attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City. In addition, Professor Hutchins served as a faculty member in NYU School of Law's Lawyering Program. She clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

    She teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure, appellate and trial advocacy, and criminal policy. Professor Hutchins' particular interests are the intersection of constitutional law with social science, and the practical implementation of dimensions of policing, adjudicative processes, and privacy. Her scholarly work had been published in the UCLA Law Review, the NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, and the Search and Seizure Law Report, among others.
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