Area of Expertise
Criminal law and procedure, death penalty, habeas corpus; corrections systems; conspiracy; insanity defense; criminology; Supreme Court; judicial nominations, process and administration
Ira Robbins is an expert on criminal law and procedure, the death penalty, habeas corpus, post-conviction remedies, corrections, prisoners' rights, privatization of prisons and jails, conspiracy law, the insanity defense, criminology, the Supreme Court, judicial nominations, judicial administration, and the judicial process. He was acting director of the Federal Judicial Center's Division of Education and Training and was the reporter for the American Bar Association's Task Force on Death Penalty Habeas Corpus and its Task Force on Privatization of Corrections. Robbins also served as a Supreme Court fellow and as a special consultant to the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Robbins's recent books include Prisoners and the Law (six vols., 2011) and Habeas Corpus Checklists (2012). His interviews and analyses have appeared on all of the major U.S. and foreign television and radio networks (including The Colbert Report on Comedy Central) and in publications such as Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report and the London Times, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, ABA Journal, National Law Journal, and Legal Times. Many of Robbins's recent media inquiries have focused on the legal proceedings and trials in terrorism and other high-profile cases, as well as on many criminal cases decided by the Supreme Court. Robbins is a member of the ABA Task Force on Postconviction Remedies and on the editorial boards of the Correctional Law Reporter and Federal Courts Law Review. Robbins's honors include the Chief Judge John R. Brown Award for Judicial Scholarship and Education (1998). He is a life member of the American Law Institute. At American University, he received the University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching (1985) and was selected as Scholar/Teacher of the Year (1988), the university's highest faculty award.