PAUL G. CASSELL portrait
  • Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law and University Distinguished Professor of Law, College Of Law
  • Distinguished Professor, College Of Law

Research Summary

Professor Cassell is a leading researcher on civil and criminal justice issues and has published many widely-cited articles on topics such as crime victims' rights, wrongful convictions, interrogation and confessions, and proactive policing. To access any of Professor Cassell's articles, click on the "Research" tab above.

Education

  • B.A., Economics, Stanford University
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, Stanford University

Biography

Paul G. Cassell received a B.A. (1981) and a J.D. (1984) from Stanford University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was President of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for then-Judge Antonin Scalia when Scalia was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1984-85) and for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court (1985-86). Cassell then served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General with the U.S. Justice Department (1986-88) and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (1988 to 1991). Cassell joined the faculty at the College of Law in 1992, where he taught full time until he was sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah in July, 2002. In November 2007, he resigned his judgeship to return full time to the College of Law to teach, write, and litigate on issues relating to crime victims' rights and criminal justice reform.

Professor Cassell teaches criminal procedure, crime victims' rights, criminal law, and related classes.  He has also pubished numerous law review articles on criminal justice issues in journals such as the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.  He is a co-author of the nation's only law school textbook on crime victims' rights, Victims in Criminal Procedure (various editions, most recently in its fourth edition published in 2018). 

Professor Cassell has argued pro bono cases relating to crime victims' rights before the United States Supreme Court, the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and D.C. Circuits, several U.S. District Courts, the Utah Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, and various other courts around the country. 

Cassell is a member of the American Law Institute and fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Media Highlights

Why Convicting Cops is So Difficult, Voice of America (June 8, 2020).

Will Coronavirus Change Criminal Justice?, We The People Podcast - National Constitution Center (Apr. 30, 2020).

Utah Should Lead and Let Law Grads Practice without Taking the Bar Exam, Deseret News (Apr. 15, 2020) (co-author with Frederick Gedicks, Catherine Bramble, and Louisa Heiny).

Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Loses BId to Unmask His Accomplices, N.Y. Post (Apr. 14, 2020).

Court Rejects Bid to Revive Suit on Epstein, Washington Post (Apr. 14, 2020).

Victims of Violent Crimes in Utah File Motion to Block Release of Prisoners Because of COVID-19, Washington Times (Apr. 9, 2020).

Bail Reform Has Benefits -- But We Must Not Ignore the Costs, Chicago Tribune (Mar. 10, 2020).

Bail Reform Analysis by Cook County Chief Judge Based on Flawed Data, Undercounts New Murder Charges, Chicago Tribune (Feb. 13, 2020).

Trump Takes on Judge Amy Berman Jackson Ahead of Roger Stone Sentencing, Washington Post (Feb. 12, 2020).

Do Trump's Attacks on the Judiciary Go Too Far?, PBS NewsHour (Feb. 9, 2020).

What Would Change if the Equal Rights Amendment is Ratified?, ABC 4 News (Dec. 6, 2019).

A Woman's Stepchildren Saw Her Topless in her Home: She May Have to Register as a Sex Offender, Washington Post (Nov. 21, 2019). 

Bloomberg Renounces Record as a Crime Fighter, City Journal (Nov. 18, 2019).

Second Look at Utah Sex Assault Cases Taking More Time and Money Than the State Expected, Salt Lake Trib. (Oct. 1, 2019).

Epstein's Accusers Plan to Pursue Legal Options, NPR Morning Edition (Aug. 12, 2019).

Epstein's Money Once Silenced Women.  This Time is Different, Bloomberg (July 17, 2019). 

Legal Costs Could Erase Entire Fortune, Washington Post (July 16, 2019).

Lawyer for Epstein Victims Claims Acosta Hid Federal Immunity Deal from His Clients, Invites Him to Visit Florida to Explain, Fox News Live (July 11, 2019). 

Jeffrey Epstein has been Charged with Sex Trafficking, a Move this University of Utah Professor Has Sought for Nearly a Dozen Years, Salt Lake Tribune (July 8, 2019).

Utah Attorney Pushes for New Look at Florida Case Involving Sex Allegations Against Jeffrey Epstein, Deseret News (July 8, 2019).

Donald Trump Twists Story on Central Park Five, Politifact (June 24, 2019).

Debunking the Court's Latest Death-Penalty Obsession, Atlantic (June 17, 2019). 

"Start By Believing", Deseret News (Apr. 4, 2019).

Marsy's Law is Working as Intended, Protecting Victims' and the Public Interest, Tampa Bay Times (Jan. 30, 2019). 

Utah Refused to Prosecute Four Sexual Assault Cases, so the Alleged Victims Set Out to Do It Themselves, Washingon Post (Oct. 22, 2018). 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks to the Chicago Crime Commission, U.S. Dept. of Justice (Oct. 19, 2018).

Utah Supreme Court Hears Case Regarding Police Officers and Their Guns, KSL (Oct. 12, 2018).

Wilderness Activist Rose Chilcoat Won't be Tried in Southern Utah, Salt Lake Tribune (July 17, 2018).

The Rise of the Victims'-Rights Movement, New Yorker (May 21, 2018).

Cop Who Arrested Nurse Was Wrong, but the Law is Complicated, Salt Lake Tribune (Sept. 1, 2017). 

Do Trump's Attacks on Jujdicial Legitimacy Go Too Far?, PBS NewsHour (Feb. 9, 2017).

Miranda v. Arizona: The Decision, C-SPAN (Dec. 14, 2015).

Parole System Needs a Tiny Safety Valve for the Innocent, N.Y. Times (Dec. 4, 2014).