Kevin Bennardo

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  • J.D. (summa cum laude), Ohio State University (2007)
  • B.A. (magna cum laude), Miami University (2003)

Kevin Bennardo joined the UNC Law faculty in 2016.  At UNC Law, he teaches courses in Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy.

Professor Bennardo also holds the position of Non-Resident Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.  When needed, Justice Bennardo is assigned to hear cases on the country’s appellate court of last resort.  He was sworn in on July 3, 2017, at the Judiciary Complex in Ngerulmud, Melekeok State.

Before his appointment at UNC, Professor Bennardo held faculty positions at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the University of Richmond School of Law.  In addition to legal writing-focused courses, he has taught courses in the areas of criminal sentencing and trusts & estates.

In 2016, the students at IU-McKinney Law voted Professor Bennardo the recipient of the Red Cane Award.  The award is presented to the most outstanding professor who has been with the law school for three or fewer years.

Bennardo’s scholarship has been cited in case books, treatises, and judicial opinions of federal courts of appeals, state supreme courts, and lower courts.  In 2016, he received an LWI-ALWD-LexisNexis Scholarship Grant for his work on precedent.  He regularly presents his research at conferences and also serves as an Assistant Editor for Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.

Before his academic career, Bennardo worked as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as court counsel for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Milton I. Shadur of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He also practiced intellectual property litigation with the firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.  During law school, he served as executive editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Rethinking Victim-Based Statutory Sentencing Enhancements, 44 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2017).
  • The Third Precedent, 25 GEO. MASON L. REV. (forthcoming 2017).
  • Restitution and the Excessive Fines Clause, 77 LA. L. REV. 21 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Sentencing (with T. Haugh) in THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE  (P. Koelling ed.) (8th ed. 2016). [KF8700.A75 I56 2016]
  • Post-Sentencing Appellate Waivers, 48 U. MICH. J. L. REFORM 347 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Testing the Geographical Proximity Hypothesis: An Empirical Study of Citations to Nonbinding Precedents by Indiana Appellate Courts, 90 NOTRE DAME L. REV. ONLINE 125 (2015). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Incarceration's Incapacitative Shortcomings, 54 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 1 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • A Quantity-Driven Solution to Aggregate Grouping Under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual, 40 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 791 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Decoupling Federal Offense Guidelines from Statutory Limits on Sentencing, 78 MO. L. REV. 68 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • The Rights and Liberties of the Palau Constitution, 12 ASIAN-PAC. L. & POL'Y J. 1 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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