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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Erik Luna Professor of Criminal Law S.J. Quinney College

Luna Professor Luna graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, and he received his J.D. with honors from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. Upon graduation, he was a prosecutor in the San Diego District Attorney's Office and a fellow and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He has served as the senior Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, where he taught at Victoria University Law School and conducted research on restorative justice.

Professor Luna has also been a visiting professor with the Cuban Society of Penal Sciences and has taught U.S. constitutional law and criminal justice to judges and attorneys in Cuba. In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany, the world’s foremost center for the comparative study of criminal law and procedure. 

Professor Luna is the co-director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center, an interdisciplinary partnership to foster research and education in criminal justice. He has been awarded the University Professorship at the University of Utah, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary skills in teaching and distinguished scholarship in their field.

Professor Luna is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute, the nation’s leading libertarian think tank. Among other professional activities, he is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Working Group on Criminal Law Issues, he serves on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center and the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, and he is a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure. 

Professor Luna teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, advanced criminal procedure, comparative criminal justice, and juvenile justice. [Mark Godsey]

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