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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Samuel Buell Criminal Law Professor at the Washington University School of Law

Samb Professor Buell's writing and teaching focus on criminal law and on the regulatory state, particularly regulation of activity in corporations and financial markets.  His courses include Criminal Law, Securities Regulation, and a seminar in Advanced Topics in Regulation of Financial Markets.  He joined the faculty of Washington University School of Law as an associate professor in July 2006 after serving as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

Professor Buell's publications include "The Upside of Overbreadth," NYU Law Review (2008); "Criminal Procedure Within the Firm," Stanford Law Review (2007); "Novel Criminal Fraud," NYU Law Review (2006) (selected for 2006 Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum); "Reforming Punishment of Financial Reporting Fraud," Cardozo Law Review (2007); and "The Blaming Function of Entity Criminal Liability," Indiana Law Journal (2006).

Professor Buell graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with an A.B. in History and summa cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he received awards for finishing first in his class, publishing the best law review note, authoring the best criminal law paper, and displaying outstanding scholarship, character, and professional activities.  He was an editor of the New York University Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Following law school, Professor Buell clerked for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  He practiced as an associate with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. before joining the United States Department of Justice, for which he worked as a federal prosecutor, leading cases of national significance in New York, Boston, Washington, and Houston.  Professor Buell twice received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, which is the Department of Justice's highest honor.

Professor Buell frequently comments on white collar crime and federal criminal law for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, The News Hour, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, Time Magazine, USA Today, and other media outlets.  He has been an op-ed contributor to the Los Angeles Times and has authored a legal commentary blog for the Houston Chronicle. [Mark Godsey]

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