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OFA Recipient  Jeffrey Bellin

Jeffrey Bellin
University Professor for Teaching Excellence 

William & Mary Law School

Jeffrey Bellin

Jeffrey Bellin is a professor at William & Mary Law School, where he has taught since 2012. Both his teaching and research focus on the American criminal justice system and the rules and norms that govern that system. His most recent scholarship explores the complex role of American prosecutors.

In 2018, Professor Bellin received William & Mary Law School’s McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching. In 2017, Bellin was named a University Professor for Teaching Excellence (three-year term) upon the recommendation of a college-wide faculty search committee. The law school awarded Bellin a Cabell Research Professorship in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and a Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence in 2015. The 2014 graduating class awarded him the Walter Williams Memorial Teaching Award.

Professor Bellin has written numerous, widely cited law review articles and a volume on hearsay (vol. 30B) for the prominent legal treatise, Federal Practice & Procedure (“Wright & Miller”). Bellin’s legal scholarship is regularly cited in federal and state judicial opinions and scholarly commentary. He also frequently contributes to the media. His columns have appeared in a variety of national publications, including The Washington Post, USA Today and CNN.com.

Professor Bellin serves on the National Center for State Courts’ Research Advisory Council and the Executive Committee of the Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Bellin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Stanford Law School. Bellin clerked for Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Following his clerkship, Bellin served as a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and practiced with the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins.

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