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Saturday, June 18, 2005

CrimProf Spotlight: Margareth Etienne of Illinois

Etienne_1 This week CrimProf Blog spotlights Associate Professor Margareth Etienne of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Born in Haiti, Professor Etienne grew up in New York City where she attended a science magnet school, Stuyvesant High School. Despite this initial leaning toward the hard sciences, she focused on the social sciences during her undergraduate years at Yale and graduated with strong interests in both education and law. After college she left friends and family in the Northeast to pursue a career as a high school teacher in the small town of Brookhaven, Mississippi. She later returned to the law and to New Haven and resumed her studies at Yale Law School. 

Following law school, Professor Etienne clerked for Judge Diana G. Motz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before joining the faculty, she practiced for five years as a criminal defense attorney, first in state court with the University of Georgia Legal Aid Office and later in federal court as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Northern District of Georgia. In practice she defended clients in a wide variety of cases ranging from misdemeanor shoplifting to international conspiracies. 

In 2001, Professor Etienne joined the Illinois faculty, thus combining her longstanding interests in education and law. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Sentencing Law and Policy and Children in the Law. Her research focuses on the intersection between ethics and advocacy in criminal courts. 

Etienne’s recent writings include: Parity, Disparity and Adversariality As A First Principle of Sentencing, 58 Stanford L. Rev. (forthcoming 2005); The Ethics of Cause Lawyering: An Empirical Examination of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Cause Lawyers, 95 J. Crim. L. & Criminology (forthcoming October 2005); The Declining Utility of the Right to Counsel in Federal Criminal Courts: An Empirical Study on the Diminished Role of Defense Attorney Advocacy Under the Sentencing Guidelines, 92 Cal. L. Rev. 425-85 (2004); Acceptance of Responsibility and Plea Bargaining Under the Feeney Amendment, 16 Fed. Sentencing Rep. 109-13 (2003); Remorse, Responsibility and Regulating Advocacy: Making Defendants Pay for the Sins of their Attorneys, 78 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 2103-76 (2003).

Professor Etienne enjoys traveling with her husband, law professor Patrick Keenan and their daughter Madeleine.

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