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Saturday, December 4, 2004

CrimProf Blog Professor Spotlight: Aya Gruber

Grubar_1 This week the CrimProf Blog splotlights Aya Gruber of the Florida International University College of LawGruber writes:

"I am a native of Miami, FL, so I was very excited to join the FIU College of Law as a member of the founding faculty in 2002.  I received my B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992, and my J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1997.  During law school, I was an editor for the Women’s and International Law Journals, a member of the trial advocacy team, founder of the Interracial Law Student Association, and a research assistant for Professor Alan Dershowitz during the O.J. Simpson trial. 

After graduation from law school, I clerked for the Honorable James Lawrence King, on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and then spent a year doing free-lance travel journalism in China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India.  Before coming to FIU, I was a felony trial attorney with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. and Federal Public Defender in Miami.  I served as defense counsel in a number of criminal cases ranging from first degree murder to drug distribution, securing approximately an 80% acquittal rate.

My scholarship involves criminal law and procedure both substantively and with ancillary focuses on race, civil rights, and national security.  One overarching project of mine is to delve into the transactional nature of criminal incidents, focusing specifically on the culpability of both those deemed victims and those labeled criminals.  In addition, I have recently authored an article examining race and gender anti-subordination projects in the post-intersectionality movement for the LatCrit IX symposium.  The article I am currently working on discusses the continued relevance of cautionary invocations of the Japanese internment despite the civil libertarian “success” of the Hamdi decision.  This project is very close to my heart, as my mother and her family were interned during World War II.  (To read abstracts of Gruber's other articles click here.)

I currently teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Advanced Criminal Procedure. I am a frequent public speaker on civil liberties and criminal law and have done commentary for Fox News International, PBS, the Miami Herald, and Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.  In my spare time, I enjoy writing music and singing and playing guitar at venues in South Florida with my band, FALLZ."

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